Police on Sunday stopped a procession of the Left Democratic Alliance marching towards the finance ministry, and charged batons on the demonstrators near Noor Hossain Square at Gulistan in Dhaka.
The LDA, a combine of eight left-leaning political parties, brought out the march from the National Press Club gate, protesting at the failure of the finance ministry to stop mismanagement in the banking sector and rescheduling of bad loans.
At a rally, held before the procession, Communist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Mohammad Shah Alam said that new finance
minister AHM Mustafa Kamal had failed to stop mismanagement in the banking sector.
He alleged corruption, plundering and allotting fresh loan without proper document have increased now in the banks. He demanded immediate resignation of the finance minister for his failure to bringing sound situation in the banking sector.
He slated the finance minister’s decision of rescheduling the bad loans, and called on the minister to withdraw the decision immediately.
LDA coordinator Bazlur Rashid Firoj presided over the rally. He said the Awami League regained power in a farcical election, and through promoting corruptions and lootings in the banking sector.
The government, on one hand, was rescheduling bad loans for plunderers, and, on the other hand, did not withdraw the certificate cases filed against the poor farmers.
LDA leaders Saiful Huq, Mosharraf Hossain Nannu, Manosh Nandi, Bacchu Bhuiyan and others spoke at the rally.
Following the rally, the marchers proceeded towards Bangladesh Secretariat through Topkhana Road and Purana Paltan crossing.
Police stopped the procession near Noor Hossain Square and the marchers sat on the street where they held a brief rally.
Leaders of the combine said that they would announce tougher movement if the government did not take steps to save the banking sector.
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