Destroy syndicates, control prices, LDA asks government

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:55, Nov 22,2019


Left Democratic Alliance brings out a procession in the capital on Thursday urging the authorities concerned to restrain business syndicates that were hoarding essential goods. — New Age photo

Leaders of the Left Democratic Alliance on Thursday at a protest rally in Dhaka called on the Awami League government to take immediate steps to subdue the syndicates responsible for increasing onion, rice, and salt prices across the country.

LDA, a combine of eight left-wing political parties held the rally in front of the National Press Club protesting against price hikes of essentials.

The combine’s coordinator and Communist Party of Bangladesh leader Abdullah Kafee Ratan presided over the rally.

Mohammad Shah Alam, general secretary of Communist Party of Bangladesh, said the syndicates in the name of free market economy had been controlling the market.

The hoarders were controlling the prices of essentials as a result price of onion rose abnormally in last two weeks to Tk 250 per kg from Tk 40, Shah Alam said.

The price of rice was also increased Tk 5 to 7 per kg last week, he mentioned.

He called on the government to reactivate Trading Corporation of Bangladesh as a measure to control the abnormal price hikes of essentials.

Socialist Party of Bangladesh central leader Razequzzaman Ratan said that the government had failed to break the syndicates and control the hoarders who increased the price of onion creating artificial crisis in the market.

The Awami League government now facing different problems as the national election was control by syndicates and now the syndicates were controlling the market, he added.

Revolutionary Workers Party general secretary Saiful Huq, said the Awami League had failed to introduce good governance in the country after a farcical election on December 30 in 2018.

Democratic Revolutionary Party general secretary Mushrefa Mishu, United Communist League central leader Abdus Satter, SPB (Marxist) central leader Fakhruddin Kabir Atick, Samajtantrik Andolan convener Hamidul Haque spoke at the rally.

The rally was followed by a protest procession that paraded different city roads.

Meanwhile, Dhaka City unit of the Workers Party of Bangladesh, a partner of the Awami League led alliance also held a protest rally in front of the National Press Club.

They called on the government to take immediate steps to control prices of essentials.

Chaired by city unit president Abul Hossain, party’s politburo members Anisur Rahman Mollick, Sushanta Das, central leader Sadakat Hossain Khan and city general secretary Kishore Roy spoke at the rally.

The rally was followed by a protest procession.

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