20 party calls 36 hours countrywide hartal
24 January 2015, Nirapad News: The BNP-led 20-party alliance has called a nationwide 36-hours general strike from Sunday morning, protesting the hike (proposed) of electricity price and arrest of coalition leaders and activists. The Hartal will be observed peacefully from 6.00 am Sunday to 6.00 pm Monday across the country.
On January 20, the technical evaluation committee of the BERC recommended raising bulk power tariffs. It recommended increasing the average per unit (per kilowatt-hour) tariff of the Power Development Board (PDB) by 5.16%.
Later, the technical evaluation committee recommended against raising bulk power tariffs at the consumer-level on January 21.
BNP Joint General Secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the announcement through a press release on Saturday. Protesting price hike of electricity, arrest of around 10,000 opposition leaders & activists and the government’s conspiracy of sabotage.”