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No more obstruction to opposition’s demo: PM

► No protesters will be arrested ► Fuel price to be adjusted with global market

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 15 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday that she has directed the authorities concerned not to create any obstruction to the political movement of opposition parties.

“Our opposition is getting a scope of waging movement. So, let them do that. Even, I’ve directed the authorities concerned today to allow them to continue their movement and not to disturb or arrest anyone,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina, also president of Awami League, made the remarks while delivering an introductory speech before a closed-door meeting with eight organising secretaries of her party at her official residence at Ganabhaban in the capital.

The remarks came when the opposition parties, including BNP and left parties, were intensifying their movement to press their demand for holding the next national election under a neutral administration.

But, the ruling Awami League has been stuck to the guns to hold the election in line with the Constitution.

Sheikh Hasina also hinted at allowing agitators to besiege the Prime Minister Office (PMO) if they want to do so.

“People know very well that we are working for the country with utmost sincerity,” she said.

Mentioning that the opposition can wage movement in a democratic manner, Sheikh Hasina said her government will be able to tackle it.

“I have doubt about the success of the opposition’s movement. Rather, it will surely increase public sufferings and also harm the country if they do anything excessive cashing in on the scope,” she added.

Talking over the fuel price hike, the Prime Minister said fuel prices would be adjusted whenever it comes down in the world market.

“I understand the sufferings of the people due to the fuel price hike and electricity rationing,” she said.

Referring to the countrywide load-shedding, the premier has urged the people to endure this pain for some more days.

“When the coal-fired electricity stations go into production, our problems with power will fade away,” she said.

Blaming the subsequent sanctions and counter-sanctions due to the Ukraine-Russia war, Sheikh Hasina said the country’s economic problem was hit when it was overcoming from the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. “The USA and Russia are the most gainers from the sanctions and counter-sanctions as the prices of US and Russian currencies have increased,” she said.

She also said that middle-and low-middle-class people around the world are the worst sufferers from the war, sanctions and counter-sanctions.

The premier came down heavily on a section of people who increased the prices of everything taking the advantages of the war and the fuel price hike.

“There is a section of businesspeople who hike the prices illogically. There is no reason for raising the prices of everything. But, they are increasing the prices,” she regretted.

Later, the Awami League President held a closed-door meeting with all divisional organising secretaries of the party.

Meeting sources say that the party chief has directed them to complete all the grassroots council session by December as the next council to be held in this year.

“Complete all the grassroots council by December as the triennial council session of the party will be held on time,” an organising secretary told the Daily Sun, quoting the Prime Minister as saying.

In the meeting, organising secretaries have presented a clear picture over the council session across the country.

Apart from the organisational matters, the Prime Minister also directed her party leaders to go to people and clarify them about the recent price hike and the global crisis.

“We have to make the people clear about the reasons behind the recent price hike. People should be informed over the comparative picture over development carried out by the Awami League government,” another organising secretary said on condition of anonymity.