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MPs air anger over spiralling onion prices

  • Published at 01:21 am November 15th, 2019
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File photo of the Parliament building Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Jatiya Party’s MP Mujibul Haque Chunnu also demanded that the manipulators of onion prices be put 'in crossfire like the drug peddlers were done to set an example'

Members of both the treasury and opposition benches in parliament yesterday shared concern over the exorbitant prices of onion in the domestic market.

Moreover, opposition Jatiya Party’s MP Mujibul Haque Chunnu also demanded that the manipulators of onion prices be put “in crossfire like the drug peddlers were done to set an example.”

Chunnu also urged Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Commerce Minister Tipu Munishi to investigate whether there was any conspiracy against the government to undermine its achievements, reports UNB.

He sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's personal initiative to import onion from India.

Awami League MP Mohammad Nasim raised the issue first, taking floor on a point of order joined by Chunnu and ruling party lawmakers Tofail Ahmed and ASM Feroz.

Nasim also criticised Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi for saying that onion price was unlikely to come down below Tk100 per kg anytime soon.

Meanwhile, Commerce Secretary Jafar Uddin yesterday told UNB that onion prices would not start falling to previous levels before the first week of December.

He said the price went up as arrival of local onions in the market was delayed by 20-25 days. “The prices will likely go down after local onions enter the market.”