Leaders of Left Democratic Alliance, a combine of eight left-leaning political parties, on Sunday called on the government to take coordinated national initiative to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
The leaders of the combine in a joint statement said that the second wave of increasing COVID-19 cases in the country was alarmingly and the Awami League government had failed to take proper steps to tackle it.
The government will not be able to face the pandemic alone so they should involve all political parties in the national initiative, they said.
The government was going to impose a ‘complete lockdown’ from April 14, which would increase sufferings of the common people, they said.
They also put forward their six-point demand in the statement.
Their demands include food for a month for all the working-class families and Tk 5,000 cash as relief, COVID-19 testing laboratories in all districts and upazilas, adequate oxygen supplies in all district hospitals, free vaccines for all citizens, announcement of COVID-19 outbreak as a national disaster and increasing number of doctors, nurses and technicians in the hospitals dedicated for COVID-19 treatments.
Signatories of the statement are Communist Party of Bangladesh president Mujahidul Islam Selim, Socialist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Khalequzzaman, SPB central leader and coordinator of LDA Bazlur Rashid Firiz, Ganosamhati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki, Revolutionary Workers Party general secretary Saiful Huq, SPB (Marxist) general secretary Mubinul Haider Chowdhury, Democratic Revolutionarily Party general secretary Mushrefa Mishu, United Communist League general secretary Mosharraf Hossain Nannu, Workers Party (Marxist) general secretary Iqbal Kabir Zahid, Samajtantrik Andolan coordinator Hamidul Haque.
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