Some members of the presidium of ruling Awami League on Friday expressed concern over price hikes of the daily essentials and the fire at a high-rise commercial building at Banani in Dhaka that killed at least 25 people and injured over 100 others.
They expressed their concerns in a meeting of the party presidium, the highest party policymaking body, at Ganabhaban, the official residence of the prime minister Sheikh Hasina who, as the AL president, presided over the meeting.
Emerging from the meeting, AL presidium member Muhammad Faruk Khan told New Age that some of the presidium members expressed concerns over the recent price hikes of daily essentials.
‘They also expressed their concern over the devastating fire at Banani’s FR Tower,’ he said.
They demanded immediate steps on the part of the government to contain the price spiral as the common people were suffering trying to feed their families, he said.
He said that the presidium members demanded exemplary punishments for the people responsible for the fire.
Another presidium member Piyush Kanti Bhattacharya told New Age that the meeting decided to form eight central teams to visit divisions ahead of the party’s 21st central council session scheduled to be held in October in the current year.
He said that the teams would go in the divisions for formation of new district and upazila committees of the party as part of the holding the party’s central council session.
Moreover, the teams would also chalk out different party programmes in the grassroots levels to observe 2020-2021, as ‘Mujib Year’ to mark 100th birth anniversary of the founding president of the country Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020 and to celebrate the golden jubilee of the country’s independence on March 26, 2021.
The 12 members of the presidium, including Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Kazi Zafrullah, Sahara Khatun, Mohammad Nasim, Nurul Islam Nahid, Ramesh Chandra Sen and others attended the meeting.
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