‘Plot on to destabilise country’

Staff Correspondent

20 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Vested interests are plotting to create an unstable situation throughout the country by putting up the price of essential goods, claimed Mohammed Nasim, spokesperson of the 14-party coalition.

About the onion price, he said, “In many places, rotten onions were dumped into the river. It is clear that vested interests are hatching a conspiracy over the price of onions.”

He was addressing a meeting of the coalition at Awami League headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.

Nasim, also the former health minister, said after the surge in onion cost, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made an announcement about the import of onions from abroad and subsequently, the price of onions started going down.

He urged the commerce, food and agriculture ministries to be on the alert for anyone who        

may try to raise the prices of essential commodities in the future.

Over salt price hike, he urged all not to get confused, as the country has sufficient salt reserve.

“An evil force is trying to make a quick buck by creating artificial crisis in the country,” he said.

Nasim also urged the transport owners and workers not to enforce strike by holding the country’s people hostage.

“We need to bring discipline on roads. I urge the country’s people to comply with the new Road Transport Act. And I am requesting the transport owners and workers not to hold people hostage by calling strike,” he said.