Govt allowing protests against price hike, power cut: PM

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Dhaka, Aug 14: Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that the government had given the chance to the opposition parties to go for movement against the recent hike in fuel oil price and the ongoing crisis in power sector.

‘Our opposition is getting a scope to wage movement. Let them do that. I also want that,’ she said while speaking at the meeting with organising secretaries of Awami League from eight divisions at her official residence Ganobhaban.

In this connection, she said that she had directed the authorities concern not to arrest the protesters and allow them to continue their agitation.

‘If they want to besiege the prime minister’s office, let them do that,’ she said.

She also said that people know very well that her government had tried to tackle the fuel oil price and power outage problem with utmost sincerity.

‘Opposition will try to utilise this, but if they do anything excessive people will ultimately suffer more for that. They have to realise that,’ she said.

The PM said she had doubts about the success of the opposition parties’ movement that surely would harm the country.

‘But we will be able to handle that, I have that belief,’ she said.

The PM also said that she understood the sufferings of people due to the recent price hike of fuel oil and electricity rationing.

‘We realise the sufferings of people,’ she said.

Hasina, also the chief of Awami League, assured that her government would surely cut down the fuel oil price when it would come down on the international market.

‘We will adjust the prices of fuel oil whenever it comes down on the world market. I have given that directive too,’ she said.

Referring to ongoing power crisis and the countrywide load-shedding, she said that people had to endure this pain for some more days.

‘When the coal-fired electricity stations go into production, our problems with power will go away,’ she said.

PM Hasina blamed Ukraine-Russia war, the subsequent sanctions and counter-sanctions for the current economic problems of the country that hit when it was turning around from the grip of coronavirus pandemic impact quite well.

‘The United States and Russia are the most gainers from the sanctions and counter-sanctions as the prices of US and Russian currencies have increased,’ she said.

She also said that middle and lower-middle class people around the world were the worst suffers of the war, sanctions and counter-sanctions.