Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) will stage demonstrations across the country on Saturday protesting the hike in gas price and power tariff.
The leaders of the two left parties announced the decision at a joint protest rally held in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Friday, UNB reports.
They said the government will be forced to cancel the price hike decision through a tougher movement.
The rally, with BSD general secretary Khalequzzaman in the chair, was also addressed by CPB general secretary Syed Abu Zafar Ahmed, its leader Ruhin Hossain Price and BSD leader Bazlur Rashid Firoz. CPB leader Dr Sajadul Haque conducted the rally.
The leaders said despite a decline in fuel price on the international market, the government has raised its price in the local market. Through this, the government has manifested its autocratic mentality, they said.
"This has totally been an undemocratic and anti-people behaviour of the government," said Kalequzzaman.
He said the two left-leaning parties have requested the energy regulator to hold a public hearing to reduce the energy price following the price fall in the global market. “But the regulator has implemented the government decision for raising price instead of reducing it.”
The energy regulator has proved itself as a puppet of the government and also an anti-people organisation, he said.
The speakers also alleged that the government hiked the energy price to satisfy the multilateral foreign organisations like ADB and World Bank although the local industries and common people will be the ultimate victims of the decision.