Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) on Friday announced a half-day hartal in the capital for Tuesday protesting at the fresh hike in gas prices.
“The CPB and BSD have called a hartal for February 28 (Tuesday) in the capital city of Dhaka from 6am to 12 noon protesting the anti-people decision of raising the gas prices,” said a statement issued by CPB.
However, the SSC examination centres and vehicles carrying the examinees will remain out of the purview of the shutdown, reports UNB.
CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim, General Secretary Syed Abu Jafar Ahmed and BSD General Secretary Khalequzzaman in the joint statement also protested the gas price hike decision.
They said the government has illogically raised the gas prices to put on people the burden of anarchy created in the energy sector due to ongoing limitless plundering, corruption and the government’s wrong policy. “People in no way will accept the decision (of raising gas prices).”
The CPB and BSD leaders said they will force the government to back off from its ‘irrational’ decision by waging a mass movement against it.
They urged the city dwellers to make the hartal a success with their support.
On Thursday, Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) raised the gas prices for all consumers which will come into effect in two phases.