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BNP opposes proposal to raise gas prices

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 22 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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BNP opposes proposal  to raise gas prices

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BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain highly criticized the energy companies’ latest proposal to raise gas prices.

“The government is trying to increase gas prices again. We would like to tell clearly that no hike in gas prices will be accepted,” he said.

The BNP leader came up with the statement while speaking at a discussion jointly organised by Dhaka City South and North BNP, marking the 86th birth anniversary of party founder Ziaur Rahman at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Friday.

“A few days ago, they (the government) increased the prices of fuel and electricity. They are siphoning off money abroad through carrying out mega projects. It will not be allowed anymore,” he added.

According to media reports, distributors proposed to increase retail gas prices by 117 percent, asking BERC to raise the monthly cost of double-burner stove connections from Tk 975 to Tk 2,100 and single-burner stove from Tk 925 to Tk 2,000 at the consumer level.

Khandaker Mosharraf calls the country men to work together in a bid to oust the current government.

He has termed the letter of 12 international human rights organisations to the UN urging to ban the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), from the peacekeeping missions as "shame" for the entire nation.

"Is it a pride for us? It must be an issue of shame for the entire nation. Who has humiliated us internationally? It's this government. But, why? Because, it has clinged to power illegally and forcibly," the BNP senior leader said.

He said "The government thought that they could stop the public protests by resorting to forced disappearance, torture, and extrajudicial killings…..Disappearances and extrajudicial killings have been going on unabated. It cannot be the image of a democratic country."

Mosharraf claimed that more than one lakh cases were filed against 36 lakh BNP leaders and activists.