BNP to protest price hike of essentials tomorrow

Staff Correspondent

17 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will stage demonstration across the country tomorrow to protest against the price hike of essential commodities including onion.

The decision came from a meeting of the party standing committee at its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in the capital on Saturday.

Tarique Rahman joined the meeting from London through video conferencing, meeting sources said.

“The unusual price hike of onion has proved that syndicate is involved in it. The government pampered people are working behind the syndicate,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said while addressing a press conference after the meeting of the party’s highest policymaking body.

Mentioning that prices of essential commodities including onion have shot up, he said they protested and condemned the price hikes.

 “We will hold protest programme across the country including the capital on Monday in protest against price hike of essential commodities including onion. At the same time, demand of due price of products of farmers also will be included in the programme,” Mirza Fakhrul said.

Alleging that mega corruption is going on in the quick rental power plant project, he said they also have taken decision that a BNP team led by its standing committee member Iqbal Hassan Mahmud Tuku will join the mass hearing of price hike of electricity scheduled to be held on November 28.

The BNP secretary general further said they will send letter to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina within today or tomorrow to make public the agreements signed with India during the Prime Minister’s visit to the neighbouring country.

He said the party acting chairman Tarique Rahman has participated in 333 meetings of the party in last 18 months after imprisonment of Khaleda Zia.