PV Desk : Bangla Academy has deferred the launch of Ekushey Book Fair to Feb 2 from Feb 1, due to the rescheduled mayoral polls in Dhaka.

The decision came on Sunday, a day after the Election Commission rescheduled the polls to Feb 1 from Jan 30 amid student protests and legal petitions over the original date.

A group of students took to the streets and some went on hunger strike to protest the original voting date that was coinciding with Saraswati Puja, a Hindu festival dedicated to the goddess of knowledge.