They also said resolving the country’s unemployment crisis and eliminating corruption are among the top priorities for the party
During door-to-door campaigns to woo voters ahead of the December 30 general election, BNP leaders said they will scrap “anti-people laws” such as the Digital Security Act if the party comes to power.
They also said resolving the country’s unemployment crisis and eliminating corruption are among the top priorities for the party.
BNP leaders discussed the focus of their door-to-door campaigns with the Dhaka Tribune when contacted by phone.
Mentioning the harassment of BNP activists allegedly by supporters of ruling Awami League, leaders of the opposition party said they were giving the upcoming general election even more importance than usual, as the polls are being considered as part of the movement to re-establish their democratic rights.
Door-to-door campaigns will help strengthen the connection between BNP leaders, grassroots activists, and the general people in every constituency, they added.
BNP Standing Committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said the party was prioritizing the scrapping of the Digital Security Act in order to ensure the freedom of speech in the country.
“We are trying to convey the message that we will work to bring back the freedom of speech for all, and will ensure the safety of the common people,” he added.
BNP candidate from Dhaka 9 constituency Afroza Abbas, who has been attacked allegedly by ruling party supporters in the capital on two occasions since the start of electioneering, said the opposition party was focusing on young voters in particular.
“If voted to power, we will ensure jobs for the unemployed young people. We hope our alliance will be able to fix the unemployment problem, especially for educated young women in the country,” she added.
Afroza further said establishing merit as the only baseline for recruitment to government jobs would help ensure employment for the around 2 million unemployed young people in the country.
According to the Election Commission, around 23.5 million young voters, mostly university students or job seekers registered since 2008, will cast their votes in the December 30 general election.
A recent survey by Dhaka-based international NGO Brac finds that 27.7% of the respondents were looking for a solution to the countrywide unemployment problem, making it the top issue that voters expect solutions for from political parties contesting the upcoming general polls.
Inside sources at BNP echoed the party’s leaders in saying that their top priority was scrapping the Digital Security Act, followed by a solution to the unemployment problem, and ridding the country of corruption.
They added that the opposition party was trying to cash in on several issues where the ruling Awami League’s stance has proved to be controversial, such as the reformation of the quota system for government recruitment and the road safety movement, during door-to-door campaigns.
Promises made by BNP during door-to-door campaigns also include ensuring the rule of law at all state organs, freedom of the media, and establishing fundamental rights for all citizens.