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12:00 AM, November 04, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:32 AM, November 04, 2019

Wealth inequality at critical level

Workers Party leaders say

Leaders and activists participating at the 10th congress of Workers Party of Bangladesh yesterday expressed their deep concern over “the unequal distribution of assets among the country’s people”.

“Wealth inequality has risen to a critical level, though the country has witnessed a visible infrastructural development in the last decade,” said the party general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha.

He was speaking at a press conference after the second day of the party’s 10th congress at the Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh in Dhaka.

Badsha presented their four political proposals that were approved at the congress.

Saying that the country has become a developing one, he alleged, “Despite this positive picture, labourers and low-income groups are being deprived, as only a handful of people are accumulating wealth,” he alleged.

He said that corruption has had a profoundly negative impact on public life and the gap between rich and poor has increased steadily.

“The number of wealthy people has risen 17 percent in the last five years, while on the contrary, mass people have been deprived of social safety net project of the government due  to corruption… the promise of establishing social justice, human dignity and equality in the constitution has now become a distant objective,” he claimed. “Equality could be established by increasing rural employment opportunities, ensuring district-based budget allocation, fair price for crops, ensuring pension for the rural landless people aged above 60, and eliminating corruption,” he recommended.

Condemning the killing of four national leaders on November 3, 1975, the 10th congress demanded exemplary punishment of the assassins, Badsha said.

He said that six presidium members including himself were elected on the second day’s congress.

Others include the party’s incumbent president Rashed Khan Menon, politburo member Anisur Rahman Mallik, party leaders Hazera Sultana, Aminul Islam Golap and Bashir Alam.

On Saturday, the congress started amidst a boycott by six dissident central leaders and two politburo members.

The dissident leaders who were suspended, alleged that the party has deviated from its communist ideals by forming alliance with AL.

Iqbal Kabir Jahid, one of the dissident leaders, said they will hold a two-day rally separately in Jashore on November 29-30 to declare their next course of action.

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