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CPB, SPB protest at bid to increase power tariff

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:48, Dec 04,2019

 
 

The Communist Party of Bangladesh and the Socialist Party of Bangladesh organise a rally in front of the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh building at Karwan Bazar in Dhaka on Tuesday protesting at the proposed power price hike. — New Age photo

Leaders of the Communist Party of Bangladesh and the Socialist Party of Bangladesh on Tuesday warned that they would go on tougher movement if the government stuck to its plan for increasing power prices.

The left-wing parties organised a rally in front of the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh building at Karwan Bazar in Dhaka protesting at the move as a public hearing was going on over the proposal for the increase in power prices.

CPB general secretary Mohammad Shah Alam called on the government to refrain from increasing power prices again as it would increase suffering of the people.

He warned the government against increasing power tariff, and said they would go for hartal, strike, blockade etc in protest against the anti-people move.  

Bzalur Rashid Firoz, central leader of SPB, said that the present government had increased power prices in eight phases during its 11-year tenure.

He also said that in the name of buying power at higher prices from quick rental power plants, the government had actually misused huge amount of money for power production.

People would not take the liabilities of the money, he said.

Chaired by Mohammad Shah Alam, CPB central leaders Sazzad Jahir Chandan, Ruhin Hossain Prince, Anirudha Das Anjan, SPB leaders Khalequzzaman Lipon, Ahsan Habib Bulbul and others spoke at the rally.

The central steering committee of the Left Democratic Alliance, a combine of nine left leaning political parties, from a meeting also opposed the government’s plan for increasing power price.

The meeting was held at CPB central office where coordinator of the combine Abdullah Kafee Ratan chaired.

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