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AL grassroots give their thoughts on polls manifesto

  • Published at 09:46 pm September 18th, 2013

The ruling party grassroots want education, agriculture, health, women development, power sector and industrialisation to be highlighted in the Awami League’s manifesto for the next general elections.

The district-level loyalists suggest that the party should put emphasis on the trial of war crimes and execution of verdicts, and be tough on curbing corruption. They also feel there should be something in the election manifesto for youths to woo their supports.

The opinions have been reflected in a survey, conducted by US-based research organisation Democracy International on local unit leaders and activists of the ruling party in 40 districts.

A high official of the DI on Tuesday handed over the survey report to HT Imam, an adviser to the prime minister, who discussed the findings with two other advisers Gowher Rizvi and Mashiur Rahman. Awami League leader Saber Hossain Chowdhury and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s nephew Redwan Mujib Siddique Bobby were present there, sources in the party confirmed.

HT Imam, who co-chairs Awami League’s election steering committee with Mashiur, will submit the report to party chief Sheikh Hasina shortly. She will decide whether the DI recommendations will be incorporated in the party’s manifesto or not.

Mashiur is now working on the party’s election manifesto.

Party insiders told the Dhaka Tribune that the next manifesto will focus elaborately on social and financial infrastructures, power sector, technology, employment creation, skill development as well as seek to ensure religious harmony.

The DI offers technical assistance and analytical support for democracy and governance programmes worldwide.

The agency earlier agreed to assist Awami League in training up 600,000 party members as polling agents across the country.