Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi came under fire in Parliament on Tuesday from opposition lawmakers for what they said was his failure to check the soaring prices of essential commodities.

Participating in discussion on the Trade Organisation Bill 2022, members from Jatiya Party and the BNP also blasted the government for its failure to take effective measures to keep the prices of daily necessities under control.

They said, although the commerce minister is an experienced businessperson, he has failed miserably to control the syndicate that manipulates the prices of essentials.

Tipu Munshi, however, told the House that the government does not control business anywhere, rather, assists businesspeople.

Pointing to the lawmakers’ allegations regarding the government’s failure to control syndicates, the minister said those who are involved in syndicates, are not in politics and they are not MPs.

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