Left-leaning political parties have announced a nationwide half-day hartal for November 30 to protest against the rise in power tariff.
They also demanded the government immediately withdraw the price hike.
The decision came from an ‘urgent’ joint meeting of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) and Democratic Left Alliance at the central office of Revolutionary Workers’ Party of Bangladesh in Segunbagicha of the capital on Thursday.
The hartal will begin at 6am which will continue till 2pm.
Presided over by Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh general secretary Saiful Huq, the meeting was attended, among others, by CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim, BSD general secretary Khalequzzaman, BSD (Marxist) central leader Shuvrangshu Chakravarty, Ganasanghati Andolon chief coordinator Junaid Saki, United Communist League general secretary Mosharraf Hossain Nannu and Ganatantrik Biplobi Party general secretary Moshrefa Mishu.
Addressing the meeting, the leftist leaders said ‘ignoring mass hearing, unilateral declaration of price hike to safeguard the interest of owners and bureaucrats is undemocratic and anti-people’.
They called upon ordinary people to observe the hartal spontaneously and ‘force the government to shy away from increasing the price.