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Friday, December 12, 2014, Agrahayan 28, 1421, Safar 18, 1436 Hijr

14-party opposes hike in gas, power prices
Staff Correspondent
Published : Friday, 12 December, 2014,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 16
The Awami League-led 14-party alliance opposed increasing prices of gas and electricity as being planned by relevant authorities that would reduce burden on the government but increase financial liability of the common people.
At a meeting held on Thursday at AL Presdient Sheikh Hasina's Dhanmondi party office, the alliance leaders instead suggested establishing "harmony" between utility producers and users. However, it was not immediately clear how they would achieve this, meeting sources said.
They said the meeting felt farmers were routinely deprived of fair price of their produce while middle traders pocket windfall profit by making the goods available to the urban people.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, 14-party spokesperson and Health Minister Mohammad Nasim alleged that the BNP-Jamaat alliance statements provoked the militants and those who were involved in preparing a blueprint to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
"The BNP-Jamaat alliance has been defeated by the grand alliance in every sector including politics and now they are patronising militants and conspirators to kill the Premier," said Nasim, who is also an AL Presidium Member.
"We were shocked when we heard about the plot to kill Sheikh Hasina with the help of some international organisations," he added, and thanked India for informing Bangladesh government of the heinous move.
While talking about election, he said the next election will be held under the ruling government as per the Constitution not before the scheduled date in 2019.
Meanwhile, he declared the grand alliance will hold protest rallies in the upazilas in between January 15 to January 22 against the face the conspiracy to kill Hasina and highlighting the development activities of the government.
Split into different groups, leaders of the 14-party alliance will take part in the upazila-level public rallies.

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