Dhaka, Bangladesh
14-party smells foul play

Price fixing, transport trouble

14-party smells foul play

Quader warns rumour-mongers

News Desk: A vested quarter is trying to destabilise the country through raising prices of essential commodities, alleged senior Awami League leader Mohammed Nasim on Tuesday. "There're examples of doing politics over the hunger in our country and a vested quarter is out to make the country unstable through hiking the prices of essential commodities, including onion, through syndication," he said. Nasim, also spokesperson for the Awami League-led 14-party Alliance, was speaking at a regular meeting of the combine at the ruling party's Bangabandhu Avenue central office. The price of onion, which shot to as high as Tk 260 per kg at the retail market, is now coming down following government's strict measures taken against those who are involved in manipulating market, the ruling party leader said. He also said this vested quarter must not be spared as it is plotting to jack up the price of rice. Talking about the Buet student Abrar Fahad murder, Nasim said those who failed in doing politics and waging a movement are trying to make gains out of the issue. Referring to the BNP's letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanding disclosure of bilateral documents signed with India during her visit to the neighbouring country last month, he said, "The agreements are transparent. BNP doesn't talk about the public sufferings. They only speak for their facilities while in Parliament. They sent the letter to hit headlines in the media." The 14-party alliance spokesperson also claimed that the Prime Minister never did anything against the state and will not do in the future. Meanwhile, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said action will be taken against those who are trying to destabilise the market through spreading rumours. "There's no crisis of salt in the country. Rather, there's a surplus stock," he said while speaking at a press conference at the AL president's Dhanmondi political office on Tuesday. Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said rumours are being spread about salt in a planned way. "It's a conspiracy, anarchy and evil attempt." He also said those are provoking the rumours are the members of the opposition. "They want to make political gains and they want snap polls." Turning to rice, the minister said there is no crisis of the staple in the country. "There's enough stock of rice. The government launches the activities on Wednesday to buy rice." (Inputs taken from UNB)

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