The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports yesterday extended its support to a half-day hartal called by several left-leaning political parties in the capital for Tuesday protesting the government’s decision to increase gas price.
“Price hike of gas is totally illogical which has been proved during public hearings held by the BERC [Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission]. But the government has increased the gas price…,” Prof Anu Muhammad, member secretary of the committee, said. Speaking at a mass sit-in in front of Jatiya Press Club, Prof Anu termed the government master plan on power sector “erroneous” and “self contradictory”, and said they (the committee) would place an alternative master plan in this regard on March 18.
Meanwhile, BNP also extended its support to the six-hour hartal. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said this while talking to reporters in Thakurgaon.