POST TIME: 17 October, 2018 12:53:15 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 17 October, 2018 11:43:53 AM
AL to focus on dev, employment
Abu Jakir

AL to focus on dev, employment

Ruling Awami League (AL) is planning to spell out an 81-year development plan alongside the Vision 2041 in its manifesto for the 11th general election likely to be held in late December this year or early January next year, some party leaders said. The manifesto would again have a promise to create more job opportunities for the youth in the next five years, they added saying that it would be prepared in line with the AL’s declaration paper for its upcoming 20th national council session and the government’s Delta Master Plan 2100.

The leaders said the AL, which has been ruling the country since 2009, would also promise to carry out the unfinished development works in the next five years if it is re-elected to power. Senior AL leaders said the party was drafting the manifesto as the Election Commission was planning to announce the schedule for the next parliamentary polls by the first week of November.

Talking to reporters at Ganobhaban, AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her party was planning to spell out the next 81 years of development plan in its election manifesto. Hasina’s political advisor HT Imam said, “We are working on drafting our election manifesto. Like the party’s 2008 election manifesto, surprises will be waiting for the countrymen this time as well.” The main slogan in the 2008 election manifesto was “Charter for Change”.

“This time, our election manifesto will include the things that we will do by 2041. You know our goal is to turn Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041,” he said. “In our election manifesto, we will outline our duties to achieve 10 per cent GDP growth rate. Besides, we will emphasise on modern education, decentralisation of administration and

service sector,” he added. AL presidium member Abdur Razzaque, who is working on the party’s manifesto, said, “It will be prepared in line with our declaration paper in which we promised to turn Bangladesh into Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s ‘Sonar Bangla’ within 2041 by implementing 10 mega projects one after the other.”

The AL leader said the party’s aim was to turn Bangladesh into a self-dependent state by ensuring all fundamental rights to citizens from all walks of life. “We are working on the issue. We held a meeting on last week and discussed it elaborately. The government’s achievements will be mentioned in the manifesto and we will promise to complete our unfinished works in the next five years, if voted to power again,” he added.

According to the declaration paper to be prepared for the AL’s 20th national council session, under the leadership of party president Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh will be transformed into a middle income state by 2021 and a developed nation by 2041, where the common citizens would live in prosperity and have equitable access to quality education, healthcare, rule of law and employment opportunities.

AL, which is the oldest political party in the country, will also vow to implement unfinished tasks of 10 mega projects, including Padma bridge, metro rail, second Jamuna bridge, second Padma bride and Sonadia deep, sea port by 2041. AL Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap said Hasina has directed her central leaders to frame a draft of the party’s next election manifesto. “The party’s election manifesto for the next polls will be announced to attract the country’s young generation. Besides, we will also announce our development plan till 2100 in line with the delta plan,” he said.

“There will be no room for terrorism and militancy in Bangladesh and our party will remain vigilant to ensure this. This will be one of the major promises of our election manifesto,” he added.