12:00 AM, December 18, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 18, 2018

BNP Manifesto: Nat'l commission to end politics of vengeance

Standing against the politics of vengeance and revenge, the BNP wants to form a “National Commission” to reach a social agreement among all on this matter and introduce a new political culture.

The party might make the announcement while unveiling its election manifesto today during a press conference at a city hotel at 11:00 am. The Daily Star has obtained a copy of the manifesto.

According to it, the commission will be formed with the leader of the House, the opposition leader and eminent citizens of the country.

It will seek to introduce a future-oriented political culture in the country which would be against the politics of vengeance and revenge.

It will also promote a culture of tolerance in politics which will encourage political leaders not to make objectionable comments on national leaders.

In the manifesto, BNP will make 61 promises, which have been drafted in light of the Vision 2030 that party Chairperson Khaleda Zia unveiled in the party's sixth national council held on March 2016.

The party will pledge to reintroduce referendum to reestablish people's democratic rights.

It will scrap the official secrecy acts and all the black laws, if it is voted to power, the manifesto says, adding that the party will also scrap the Special Powers Act 1974.

A judicial commission will be formed to bring necessary reforms to the judiciary system, according to the manifesto.

All the probe reports, including the BDR killings and Bangladesh Bank reserve heist, will be made public and steps will be taken for further investigations, the manifesto says.

It also says that the party will introduce a “logical” rationing system for retired armed forces officials.

According to the manifesto, pension funds will be formed for private and self-employed individuals and that a ration system will be introduced for the poor and those in the low-income group.

All the freedom fighters will be declared as “Honourable Citizens of the State” and the allowances of freedom fighters will be increased in line with inflation.

A taskforce will be formed to investigate the high project cost of the rental power projects.

Furthermore, a 20-year loan will be introduced for young couples and entrepreneurs to help them become self-dependent, says the manifesto.

The metropolitan areas, municipalities and other administrative centres will be gradually turned into smart villages, smart cities and smart municipalities.

 To face various risks in the agriculture sector, crop insurance, cattle insurance, fisheries insurance and poultry insurance will be introduced, even if it needs to be subsidised.

“Logical” inheritance of property will be ensured for women and a commission will be formed to examine the existing contradictory laws in this regard.

Meanwhile, Jatiya Oikyafront, of which the BNP is a key component, yesterday rolled out a 35-point electoral manifesto for the 11th general election, vowing to establish a balance of power.

Many of the Oikyafront pledges are similar to those in the BNP's electoral manifesto, including the balance of power, upper chamber of parliament, amendment to article 70 of the constitution and forming a minority affairs ministry.

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