Tuesday, 5 July, 2022

‘Govt involved in ‘hiking’price of essentials’

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has alleged that the government is involved in price ‘hike’ of rice and other food grains in the country.

“We have been repeatedly saying that the prices of rice and other essential commodities have increased not only for the government’s maneuvering but also for its direct involvement,” he said.

The BNP leader came up with the statement while addressing a discussion arranged by Jatiya Ganatantrik Party (JAGPA) at the Jatiya Press Club on Friday, marking the 41st death anniversary of Ziaur Rahman and the 5th death anniversary of party founder Shafiul Alam Pradhan.

Mirza Fakhrul said, “Newspapers have unveiled the real problems that the rice price is increasing as the corporate houses are buying a huge amount of rice. It’s never possible to do it without the government’s help,” he added.

Fakhrul also asked the ruling Awami League to take a lesson from the famine took place in 1974.

“I would like to say Mr Obaidul Quader (Awami League General Secretary) that you do not learn from history. There’s the famine in 1974 when the prices of food grains went up,” he said.

The BNP leader also said the country’s people are currently going through immense sufferings due to price hike of food grains, including rice.

Mirza Fakhrul also urged the government to return to the democratic system and create a democratic atmosphere to avoid possible public wrath.

“Let the people speak up and exercise their rights. Otherwise, you’ll have to face its consequences. You are threatening us with terrible consequences, but you saw such consequences in the past,” he said.

Criticising the government, the BNP leader said the minister himself is admitting that syndicates are raising the prices of essentials and food grains but the minister is still in office.