Left parties demand reopening of jute mills

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Bam Oikya Front forms a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding reopening of 25 state-owned jute mills. — New Age photo

Jatiya Mukti Council, Nayaganatantrik Ganamorcha, Jatiya Ganatantrik Ganamorcha, Jatiya Gana Front and Socialist Party of Bangladesh (Marxist) faction on Wednesday demanded that the government should reopen 25 state-owned jute mills which were closed recently.

The government on July 2 announced closure of the state-owned jute mills across the country.

Leaders of the four left parties at a joint rally in front of the National Press Club called on the government to take steps for reopening of the closed jute mills during the coronavirus crisis.

More than 50,000 jute mill workers lost their jobs because of the closure, they said.

Jatiya Mukti Council secretary Faiezul Hakim, Ganamorcha president Zafar Hossain, central leader of Gana Front Mokhlesur Rahman spoke at the rally.

Leaders of SPB (Marxist) faction at a separate rally also called on the government to refrain from shutting down the jute mills to save the jute industry of the country.

Leaders of the party Shubhrangshu Chakrabartty, Belal Chowdhury, among others, spoke at the rally.

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