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BNP to govt: Why are there no drives against onion syndicates?

  • Published at 06:42 pm November 15th, 2019
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File photo of a seller packing onions Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The current trend indicates that onion prices will hit Tk300 per kg, BNP said

The BNP has asked the home minister why the government is not conducting drives against onion syndicates as prices of the item have soared.

“The onion price was Tk200 per kilogram (kg) on Thursday while on Friday, it increased to Tk250. The current trend indicates that it will hit Tk300 per kg very soon causing immense sufferings to people,” said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. 

Rizvi was speaking at a demonstration program organized by Jatiyatabadi Muktijuddho Projonmo in front of BNP’s Naya Paltan headquarters in Dhaka, demanding BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release, on Friday.

He claimed that the home minister is not conducting drives against onion syndicates as they are more powerful than him, reports UNB. 

“Those who belong to the onion syndicate are involved with the Awami League, and you (home minister) will not be able to touch them,” he alleged. 

Onion prices have been increasing in Bangladesh after India banned its export on September 29.

Rizvi alleged that Khaleda Zia’s health condition has deteriorated further and she has been suffering from acute pain. “Her (Khaleda) life is now at stake for lack of proper treatment.” 

The government is not providing Khaleda with required treatment with an intention to kill her, the BNP leader claimed.

He demanded the government take steps to release their chairperson on bail paving the way for her better treatment at a hospital of her choice.