The alliance of left parties has announced to lay siege to the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources on July 14 in demand for withdrawal of the latest gas price hike.
The alliance has also declared a mass assembly in Dhaka on July 19 and warned of continuous programmes if their demand is not met.
The announcements came from Mosharraf Hossain Nannu, coordinator of the Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), at a demonstration after Sunday’s strike at Purana Paltan.
“The government increased gas prices at a time when our neighboring country India cut down gas prices,” said Junaid Saki, prime coordinator of the LDA.
He said the government permitted LNG import to give privileges to dishonest traders. The decision was made whimsically without considering the reality.
Junaid demanded ensuring usage of local resources by lifting gas from different mines of the country.
Khalequzzaman, general secretary of Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (Basod), said 17 crore people of the country gave their support to Sunday’s strike while the government tried to foil the strike by operating vehicles on the streets.