Anti-Quota Demands Movement Unjustified: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Photo: Collected

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Photo: Collected

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina does not see any justification for the agitation against the High Court's ruling on quotas excluding education. She said this in his speech after exchanging greetings with the leaders and workers of the organization at Ganobhaban on the occasion of Jubo Mahila League's founding anniversary on Sunday (July 7). Also the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina rejected the demands of anti-quota protestors and said there was no justification for the movement. 

The prime minister made this call when students took an attempt to block several roads across the country for the seventh day of their demonstration demanding the scrapping of the quota system in government jobs and restoration of the 2018 circular.

Jubo Mohila League, an associate organization of Awami League, went to Ganabhaban to meet Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on their founding anniversary. The Awami League president urged the Jubo Mohila League activists to be alert so that the regime of BNP and Jamat does not return.

After the general election of 2001, 22 years ago, when Awami League was on the street, the Jubo Mohila League was formed. Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina highlighted the brief background of the Jubo Mohila League and said since the beginning the women's wing of the party has been working to establish the rights of the people of this country.

Jubo Mohila League President Daisy Sarowar, General Secretary Sharmin Sultana Lily and top leaders were present there.

On Saturday, after blocking the Shahbagh intersection for one hour, the students and government job aspirants lifted their blockade and announced a new program called “Bangla Blockade”, scheduled to begin at 3pm on Sunday.

Every intersection and important road across the country will be blocked as part of the "Bangla Blockade" initiative.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the High Court’s verdict that declared the decision to cancel the quota system, including the first and second-class freedom fighter quota in government jobs, illegal.

On Friday, the High Court declared illegal the circular that canceled the quotas, including those for freedom fighters, in first and second-class government jobs. As a result, the 30% quota for freedom fighters in government jobs (grades 9 to 13) will remain in place.

Following the High Court ruling, various discussions and criticisms emerged on social media. Additionally, protests and demonstrations took place in several locations, including Dhaka University.

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