Awami League manifesto
At last the AL has come out with a manifesto for the Jan 5th election seeking voters' support for another term. And it reads more like a fifty-year long-term plan rather than a party manifesto, which should really be looking at next five only. It is bizarre that a party hell bent on holding an election that has all but lost its moral and legal validity, came out with the manifesto only seven days before the polls.
The fact that AL's pledges come only seven days before the polls only betrays its lack of seriousness about the upcoming election.
It would be wrong on Sheikh Hasina's part to expect the public to take her seriously on the manifesto. There are promises galore with no indication from where the money will come. And when it hasn't managed the first Padma Bridge, the AL is talking about the second already. The party has failed to deliver on many of its pledges regarding governance, corruption, making the EC and ACC stronger etc, particularly on the accountability of its lawmakers. The pledge in the previous election manifesto, to make public the wealth statements of lawmakers and influential people, has been done away with.
We wonder whether it was at all necessary for the AL to conjure up so many promises now, given that more than fifty percent seats have already been won unopposed. The promises are therefore not meant for the more than fifty million voters who have been disenfranchised by the way the election has been devised.