Different political parties and organisations have started staging demonstration and issuing statements against the increase of gas and electricity prices and called for withdrawing the same. The Bnp, the Islami Andolan Bangladesh, the Islami Oikya Jote, Nezame Islam Party, Gono Forum and the Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal are among the parties that have protested the gas-ekectricity price hike that would add to cost of living of the people, and sufferings to the poor.
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) will stage demonstrations across the country on Saturday protesting the hike in gas price and power tariff.
The leaders of the two left parties announced the decision at a joint protest rally held in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Friday.
They said the government will be forced to cancel the price hike decision through a tougher movement.
The rally, with BSD general secretary Khalequzzaman in the chair, was also addressed by CPB general secretary Syed Abu Zafar Ahmed, its leader Ruhin Hossain Price and BSD leader Bazlur Rashid Firoz. CPB leader Dr Sajadul Haque conducted the rally.
The leaders said despite a decline in fuel price on the international market, the government has raised its price in the local market. Through this, the government has manifested its autocratic mentality, they said.
“This has totally been an undemocratic and anti-people behaviour of the government,” said Kalequzzaman.
He said the two left-leaning parties have requested the energy regulator to hold a public hearing to reduce the energy price following the price fall in the global market. “But the regulator has implemented the government decision for raising price instead of reducing it.”
The energy regulator has proved itself as a puppet of the government and also an anti-people organisation, he said.
The speakers also alleged that the government hiked the energy price to satisfy the multilateral foreign organisations like ADB and World Bank although the local industries and common people will be the ultimate victims of the decision.
Gano Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain here on Friday demanded the government rescind the decision. He came up with the demand at a meeting with leaders of Gano Forum’s central and Dhaka city units at the party office, said a press release.
Dr Kamal said although the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has taken the decision not to raise the gas and electricity tariffs following a public hearing a few months ago, the government has suddenly hiked the prices.
He also expressed his concern over the slide in the law and order situation and the rise in the incidents of child killing, murder, crossfire and drug abuse in the country.
Mentioning that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had been against exploitation, corruption and capital flight, the eminent jurist said huge amount of money siphoned off from Bangladesh have been stashed in Swiss banks.
“As this government is illegal, it can’t take actions against the misdeeds,” he added.
Dr Kamal also said a national unity should be formed through making people aware to stand against the ongoing corruption, terrorism and ailing politics of Bangladesh.
Gano Forum general secretary Mustafa Mohsin Montu, among others, spoke at the meeting. – News Desk