Party in power has to bring opposition to JS
Former caretaker government adviser Rokia Afzal Rahman has said the responsibility of making the next parliament effective falls to a great extent on the party that will form the government.
"It would be the duty of the next elected government to attract the opposition parties to parliament for making the House effective," she said in an interview with The Daily Star.
She said whichever party comes to power it should not show the winner-takes-all attitude and the government can be considered successful only when it would be able to bring the opposition to parliament.
The former adviser thinks debates among the top leaders of political parties on future strategies can be a great way to resolve the existing political crises in the country.
"We have become politically bankrupt because of the political turmoil the country has been witnessing for quite a long time and only the political parties can solve this crisis," she said.
She criticised political parties for not saying anything about their future plans although the people want to hear "what political parties would do for the development of the country and its people, how they would deal with the development issues and the worldwide economic crises if they are elected".
Rokia suggested that the political parties bring young people into politics for a qualitative change in the political culture.
"Elder politicians have experience and young people have new ideas. They [the youths] are exposed to a lot of information on the world and politics. So, names of young people should come for nomination instead of the controversial ones," she said.
Rokia Afzal demanded increasing reserve seats for women and direct election for them.