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Quader: Stern steps taken against those involved in price hike

  • Published at 08:27 pm December 4th, 2019
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File photo of Awami League general secretary and minister for road transport and bridges Obaidul Quader Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

He said the Awami League is looking for candidates for the elections of both Dhaka south and north city corporations

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said the government took steps against those who are involved in the price hike essential commodities.

“It is an urgent to control market. Dishonest traders are involved in the price hike of essential commodities. And that is why the government has taken a harsher stance against them to stop price hike of essentials,” he told a press briefing on temperately affairs at the Secretariat on Wednesday.

Quader, also the Awami League General Secretary, said if one creates abnormal situation and artificial crisis of goods in the markets, the government will have to take stern actions against his or her, reports BSS.

About the soaring price of vegetables and onion, he said a situation was created in the country and it will take a little time to bring the price of onion at normal level.

“But the government is trying its best to bring down the price of onion…I think the situation will not linger more,” the Awami League general secretary said.

The winter vegetables have already started hitting the markets, he said, hoping that the vegetable markets will become normal soon.

Replying to a question about the anti-corruption drive, Quader said the drive against corrupt people continues and when time comes, everything will be revealed.

Dhaka city polls

About Dhaka city polls, he said the Awami League is looking for candidates for the elections of both Dhaka south and north city corporations.

“We want to win in the Dhaka city polls. To hold the Dhaka city elections in time, the councils of Dhaka north and south city units of Awami League were held,” he said.

Clean image leadership has been given to the Dhaka north and south city units of Awami League aiming to win in city polls, the Awami League general secretary said: “We want to participate in the Dhaka city polls and want to win”.

About the aspirants of Dhaka city elections, he said the AL nomination board, led by Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, will decide who will be candidates in the city polls. 

“But, now we are looking for candidates and thinking of it,” he added.

Replying to another question whether there will be any new face in the post of  general secretary in the Awami League next national council, Quader said: “I repeatedly said you that it is the jurisdiction of the Awami League President. We always accept the decision the party president takes whether I remain the general secretary or not.”

Earlier in the day, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das met Quader at his office here.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Quader said they discussed the progress of seven ongoing projects jointly implemented by Bangladesh and India.