BNP support left parties to protest power price hike

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Pns: BNP has extended its support to Thursday’s general strike called by the left parties protesting the latest power price hike.

Following the new tariff announcement on November 23, leftists called an eight-hour countrywide shutdown.

On Wednesday, senior BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said: “We consider this shutdown to be rational for the sake of people. We support tomorrow’s hartal by left parties.”

The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission raised the retail power prices by Tk 0.35 a unit, which means a 5.3 percent increase. The new rates will go into effect from December.

The Communist Party of Bangladesh, Socialist Party of Bangladesh and an alliance of left parties called the shutdown, which starts at 6am on Thursday, soon after the announcement.

Speaking to the media the next day, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they would also announce protests, but added that people do not always accept shutdowns.

“We will go for programmes, which will be accepted by the people. We stand by the public.”

Following a three-month nationwide blockade and shutdowns in early 2015, the BNP has not opted for general strikes as protests, but backed other parties on it.


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