The condition of the students observing fast unto death demanding deferral of Dhaka north and south city corporation elections is deteriorating by the day. A student of Dhaka University was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital after he fell sick during the hunger strike. The students as well as the Hindu community have every right to protest as the date for the polls, scheduled for January 30, coincides with Saraswati Puja. I feel it is a matter of common sense to not allocate a day for polling despite knowing that it would clash with a major religious festival.
Despite being a Hindu festivity, people from other religions too join the celebrations of Saraswati puja. I earnestly hope that the Supreme Court will consider the appeal that has been filed to postpone the date so that both the occasions can commence with peace and harmony.
Suzanna Chowdhury, Dhaka