Bigger parties are more democratic, won’t keep off poll
Former caretaker government adviser Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said bigger political parties of the country are democratic and will not refrain from participating in the upcoming parliamentary election, which he hopes will be held on schedule.
"I have confidence in the people of Bangladesh that they will cast their valuable votes for the right persons," he told newsmen after inaugurating an exhibition of knitwear manufacturing machinery at Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre.
The Regulatory Reforms Commission chairman expressed hope that no one will cast vote in the December 29 parliamentary polls in exchange for money.
He said the state of emergency is not a big obstacle to holding the national election on schedule--the government can lift it anytime before the election.
He identified maintaining the economic stability as the biggest challenge for the next elected government.
Earlier, Dr Akbar inaugurated the three-day long Knit+tex Expo Bangladesh 2008, first of its kind, where 75 local and international companies are displaying manufacturing machinery and accessories to attract buyers.
At the inauguration session Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) President Fazlul Hoque strongly refuted the recent World Bank report on fall in the country's export growth as a result of the ongoing global recession.
He said the growth in knitwear export in the first quarter (July-September) of FY2008-09 was estimated at 42 percent, which is a little abnormal.
"We do not expect such abnormal growth will continue all the year round," Hoque said.