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Expectation of people from AL on election result January 1, 2009

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Awami league won a landslide victory in the general election held in 29th December 2008. AL and its allies won 262 seats against BNP & its allies 32 seats and others 5 seats. By percentage, AL won 3/4th of the seats.
The landslide victory added extra responsibility to the AL.
Let’s see what people expect from AL.
People wants from AL good governance and no corruption. People also don’t like to see politicization of the administration.

People would like to see the upazilla election to be concluded as scheduled and to be conducted by this Election Commission who have built a good image for them. People also want local government is more strenghen in our country.

People would like to see the constitutional bodies to run independently. In this regard, people would prefer that the new parliament will acknowledge the better ordinances adopted by the caretaker government for the good of the country.

People would prefer that we live in a society of justice. The judiciary will be permitted to work independently and will be more strengthened. The judges will be selected on their record through an independent body.

The government would continue the effort against corruption and will let the Anti-Corruption Commission to work independently and more efficiently.

The PSC will continue as independent institution and recruit the public servants without any pressure or biasness.

The dearest longing of the people is that the new government will bring down the price of the essentials. AL declared that the price of rice would be Tk. 15. In doing so, the government should also look after the interest of the farmers, so that they aren’t deprive of their due share.

They would also maintain law and order more or less perfectly.They would run the government in consensus with the oppostion parties, make the parliament effective, would give due respect to the opposition and due share to the opposition in the parliament.

Hasina opined that poverty is the enemy of her government.New government would take measures to alliviate the poverty and cover all the people under the poverty line within the safety net of employment.

The new generation votes for AL with the hope that a change in the policy and opportunity would come to our country. ICT will give proper attention, internet facility will be extended, IT based job will be created.

Employment should be ensured for the young and business opportunity should be open for all.

Education must be more universal, standarised, uniform amd scientific. Divide between poor and rich, rural & urban must be lessened.Universities and colleges must be kept free from party politics.

Politics also must be kept away from government offices, secretariats, trade unions etc.

Hasina said people rejected the war criminals by voting and necessary legal action would be taken in due course. They must be cautious not to make the issue a mess and push some people to extremism.

Above all, AL would try to fulfill the pledges they have given in their manifesto and will proceed forward to attain their targets of vision 2021 and digital Bangladesh.

An ordinary citizen

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Election manifestos,pledges and practice December 16, 2008

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The political parties unveiled their manifestos. It all started with SK. Hasina, declaring AL manifesto on 12th in this month in Hotel Sheraton in the presence of party leaders, foreign dignitaries, journalists and many other invitees and live on the TV channels. On the following date, Khaleda Zia also declared her party’s manifesto in the same pompous way and with a little longer time.

Both the manifestos projected the 5 year agenda of their individual parties and AL goes beyond and project their vision of 2021, the year when Bangladesh will be turn into 50. I like the idea. One of the reasons of our being poor and underdeveloped is the lack of vision of our leaders.This vision 2021 give give us an idea to look forward.

The smaller parties Like JP, JI, WP, CP and a new alliance of Dr. Kamal Hussain, B Chowdhury and Ferdous Ahmed Quraishi also declared their manifestos.

Declaring the manifestos at the beginning of the election campaign give the election a good colour.

The parties make great promises in their manifestos many of which they mentioned in their earlier election manifestos but didn’t fulfill though both the major parties got the opportunity to run the country in the past decades.One example is separation of judiciary.It is the present caretaker government who completed the initiative taken by another caretaker government. Another example is strengthening the local government. In the last 15 years, no government kept their promises. The present Election Commission declared the schedule for the upazilla election- a pillar of the local government amid strong opposition from both the major alliances. We are still not sure whether the present government could complete the task after the general election.

People are also skeptic about the pledges the parties are making. They are looking back over the past years, into the record of the parties ,of the past governments, into the character and commitment of the individual candidates.

Will the party be the single dominant factor? Not necessarily. People will also look into the individuals. One of lessons people integrated in themselves over the years is to look beyond the surface & into the skeleton of parties and the candidates.

In this election, people will compare the pledges and practice of the parties and the candidates.

An ordinary citizen

Analysis on the party manifestos December 14, 2008

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Different experts and individuals have analyzed the manifestos of different parties. We avoid the extreme comments on either way. Few are linked here:

BNPs poll manifesto: pledges are abundant, but specific target missing[DS]
AL manifestos-few questions, some doubts-Asif Nazrul
BNP touches problems, skirts detailing solutions [DS]
AL poll pledges may run into setbacks[DS]
Statistical errors in BNP’s manifesto[PA]
No change in BNP’s attitude-M Hafizuddin, ex-adviser
Overambitious targets in AL’s manifasto-PA
Charters of contrast pledged:DS
Both the major parties manifestos ignored the judiciary-PA
Economic analysis of the AL manifesto-Enam Ahmed and Shahriar Khan[DS]
Defense & two parties Brgd. General (Rt) Shahedul Anam Khan [DS]