Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) in their manifesto, unveiled yesterday, has mostly set focus on bringing reforms to existing state mechanism.
Rashed Khan Menon, WPB president and also a minister in the cabinet of the present government, during the unveiling programme said his party also laid importance on women and youth in the electoral manifesto.
While the country is on the track of development, discrimination in the society is also on the rise, he said, adding, "If voted to power, we'll curb discrimination...”
Workers Party has been a member of the Awami League-led coalition that reigned the parliament and formed two consecutive governments over the last 10 years.
The party's General Secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha highlighted several other pledges in the manifesto that aims to eradicate corruption through bringing reforms in political, electoral and banking systems.
“We'll do away with the 'family control' on banks [and] raise the age ceiling in civil service to 35 from existing 30,” he said, adding that his party would implement the vested property return act and raise basic salary of garment workers once they are in power.
The party will lay emphasis on fair price of crops for farmers and as a means to settle disputes in agriculture sector, it will set up agriculture courts.
Besides, it will bring down digital divide by ensuring access to digital technology and services for all citizens across the country.
Other pledges of WPB include ensuring food security, reducing prices of essentials, eradicating poverty, controlling communalism, imperialism and militancy, developing industries and protecting workers' rights.
This year, five candidates of WPB, including Menon, are contesting the election with AL's electoral symbol 'boat', while three others of the party are using their traditional party symbol 'sickle and hammer' as the electoral symbol.
Party President Menon during his speech echoed the sentiment of the ruling AL and gave BNP a bashing, saying that the BNP and Jamaat are out to turn the 11th parliamentary election into a questionable one. “They are also trying to establish a 'no-confidence' on the Election Commission.”