Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), a component of Awami League-led 14-party alliance, yesterday pledged to form a bicameral (two-chamber) parliament in its 38-point manifesto.
“The bicameral parliamentary system will be formed to ensure representation of workers, women and minority communities,” JSD President Hasanul Haq Inu said while unveiling the party's manifesto at a press conference at its office in Dhaka.
“We will follow four principles of the state and bring balance in the government system,” he said.
To address influence of ministers, lawmakers and bureaucrats on the local government system and to make it dynamic and strong, they will form a local government commission, Inu said.
Pointing out that the education system of the country is gripped by anarchy and corruption, he said JSD will give highest priority to formulating a national education policy.
If voted to power, JSD from the first day of the government will collect daily commodities from local and international markets and reduce dependency on businessmen to ensure food security of the people, the manifesto read.
JSD will formulate a coordinated national defence policy through discussions with all. “Persons over the age of 18 will be given mandatory military training,” it read. The party will strengthen the Anti-Corruption Commission and take steps so that people including the prime minister, the president, ministers, lawmakers and bureaucrats have to disclose their wealth statements in public.
JSD will work to create a police commission in a bid to bring discipline in the department.
Prior to unveiling the manifesto, Inu reiterated that Jatiya Oikyafront and the 20-party alliance are trying to foil the election slated for December 30.
Four candidates of JSD are contesting the election with the party symbol “torch”, while three are contesting with “boat”.