Govt picking people’s pocket: BNP
Bdnews24.com . Dhaka
Senior BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain has said the government raised power price to get ‘commission’ by setting up quick rental power plants.
‘It is for the fifth time this government has hiked the electricity price over the last three years [in its tenure]. The decision on the latest power price hike has worsened public plight,’ the former energy minister told a discussion at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Friday.
‘It will not only raise the prices of essential commodities, but also mount public sufferings by further increasing transport fares,’ he added.
The government on Thursday increased electricity price by Tk 0.28 per unit for bulk users and 0.30 per unit for retail users on average for the second time this year.
He claimed no power was generated from quick rental power plants for the people and providing subsidy for such plants is ‘pick people’s pocket’.
About prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s remarks that the government has added some 3,000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid in the last three years, Mosharraf said, ‘If she is true in her remarks, why is there severe load shedding in the country?’
Power outages go on for eight hours in the urban areas and for 16 to 18 hours in the rural areas, he said. ‘Where does the 3,000 megawatt power of the national grid go?’ he posed the question.
Claiming that the government has totally failed in all sectors, Mosharraf said, ‘Being isolated from the people, it’s now telling lies and spreading propaganda frequently to fight the BNP.’
The BNP leader at the function organised by the ‘Youth Forum’ unveiled the cover of a book titled ‘Liberation War and Martyred President Ziaur Rahman’.
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