BNP protests gas price hike, to demonstrate 'later'
Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-02-24 02:37:33.0 BdST Updated: 2017-02-24 02:37:33.0 BdST
The BNP has said it will take to the street 'later' in an attempt to get the 'anti-public' decision to hike gas prices revoked.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came to a press conference at party chairperson's Gulshan office on Thursday after the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission announced the increase.
"The government, which has no public support, has gone reckless. It is pickpocketing the people to feed jumbo budgets through unbridled revenue collection," he said.
The BNP leader said the people will 'never accept' the decision to collect revenue by 'holding them hostage'.
"We strongly demand cancellation of this unethical, irrational and anti-public government decision to raise gas prices," he said.
Asked if the party is announcing any demonstration in support of the demand, he said, "We will let you know about this later."
Price of compressed natural gas (CNG), used for automobiles, will go up by 14.28 percent. For power generation, fertiliser production, industries and commercial entities, gas prices are rising by 5 to 50 percent.
Mirza Fakhrul criticised the government's 'import-based' policy to buy different types of fuel.
"Fuel security will face a threat of diversification because of the move," he said.
"We think the economy will be hit hard following the hike in gas prices. Export-oriented garment and other sectors will face a crisis."
"Transport fare will rise. The poor will be under pressure," he added.
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