12:00 AM, December 15, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:50 AM, December 15, 2018

JP Manifesto: Pledge for good governance, provincial govts

Jatiya Party has pledged to “bring back democratic atmosphere” and establish good governance in the country if voted to power in the December 30 national election.

It made the pledge in its election manifesto which was unveiled yesterday at a press conference at the party chief's Banani office in the capital.

Ruhul Amin Hawlader, presidium member of the JP and also in charge of the party's organisational activities in absence of Chairman HM Ershad, presented the 18-point manifesto.

Ershad, a candidate from Dhaka-17 and Rangpur-3, left Dhaka for Singapore on December 10 for medical check-up.

The Awami League set aside Rangpur-3 for its grand alliance partner JP, but it nominated film star Akbar Khan Pathan, popularly known as Farooque, for Dhaka-17.

While reading out the manifesto, Hawlader said the JP would introduce a provincial government system if it came to power.

“The party is announcing the manifesto only to set up a goal to ensure people's welfare through bringing a meaningful change in democratic practices,” Hawlader, also a special assistant to the JP chief, said.

The party would establish a provincial government system bringing change in the existing central government structure, he added.

He said the country's eight divisions would be turned into eight provinces and those would be named as Uttar Banga Province, Barendra, Jahangirnagar, Jalalabad, Jahanabad, Chandra Dip, Moynamoti and Chattrala Province.

The party would change the country's election process, education system and would also ensure independence of the judiciary, he said.

“A full-fledged upazila system will be introduced and policies would be adopted to curb terrorism if the party gets a chance to rule the country again.”

Hawlader said half of the government offices would be shifted to different provincial capitals.

He termed the party's 18-point manifesto “a charter of change”.

Highlighting the achievements of the party's nine-year rule (1982-1990), he said the JP would rebuild a new Bangladesh keeping in mind the hopes and aspirations of the young generation.

The JP is contesting the national election in 29 seats under the banner of the AL-led grand alliance. Besides, it has fielded 145 candidates in as many constituencies.

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