Left parties in countrywide demos decry bus fare hike

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:41, Jun 03,2020


Different left political parties on Tuesday stages demonstrations across the country demanding withdrawal of government’s decision of increasing bus fares during COVID-19 outbreak.

The political parties staged demonstration against the backdrop of the government’s May 31 circular confirming at least 60 per cent increase in countrywide bus fares.

It also asked the buses to operate at half the passenger capacity maintaining social distancing.

The Left Democratic Alliance, a combine of eight left parties, formed human chains at districts across the country to press its demand of withdrawal of increased bus fare.

They termed 60 per per cent increase as unjustified and it would increase suffering of the people.

Bazlur Rashid Firoz, coordinator of the combine and also central leader of the Socialist Party of Bangladesh, in a press statement called on the government to withdraw the increased bus fare and fuel price immediately.

The New Age correspondent in Jashore said that the leaders of the combine formed a human chain in the town to press their demands.

Moreover, it also formed a human chain in Chattagram, Khulna, Narayangang, Bogura, Barishal, Feni, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Chandpur, Hobiganj and others a press release of the combine said.

Jatiya Mukti Council, Nayaganatantrik Ganamorcha, Jatiya Ganatantrik Ganamancha and Jatiya Ganafront leaders in a press statement also called on the government to withdraw the unjustified and anti-people decision of increasing bus fare during corona time.

Leaders of the Left Democratic Front coordinator Nisir Uddin Ahmed also asked the government to withdraw the decision.

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