Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) : Election Menifesto 2008


JSD Announces Poll Menifesto, Eyes `National Government’

16 December 2008, The Daily Financial Express

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Inu), a component of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance has said it will move to form a national government if the alliance goes to power, reports bdnews24.com.

“We have to form a national government with secular and democratic forces for meaningful reform and economic, social and political development of the country,” JSD president Hasanul Haque Inu told a press conference Monday, while unveiling the party’s election manifesto.

Citing the example of the national government formed by Nelson Mandela in South Africa, Inu said the country had not seen any period of political stability after liberation.

“The country’s politics was plunged into instability for various reasons including military government and Islamic militants. It was not possible to form a national government in 1972 though it was required at that time,” he said.

Inu stressed the necessity of continuing with a national government for at least five years. “If necessary it can include the opposition or losing parties,” he said.

Control of prices, food security, state support to protect the low-income earners, more power generation, energy security and the anti-graft drive topped the list of the party’s pledges, the JSD leader said.

“If we can play a role in forming the next government, we will attempt to ban religion-based politics, communalism and edicts issued by religious authorities,” Inu said.

“We will try to form a commission to identify war criminals and investigate war crimes and the massacre of 1971,” he said.

He backed a special tribunal for trying war criminals in line with the international law.

The party manifesto also vows to follow the four main principles of the 1972 Constitution: democracy, socialism, secularism and nationalism.

“A two-house parliament system should be with the upper house constituted of professionals, labourers, minorities and local representatives,” said the party chief.

JSD manifesto pledges qualitative change in politics
Staff Correspondent , The Daily New Age, 16 December 2008

The Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction led by Hasanul Haq Inu, on Monday, pledged to bring qualitative changes in the politics of the country with the slogan ‘effort for change’ in its election manifesto for the parliamentary elections scheduled for December 29.
   Hasanul Haq Inu at a press briefing at Taher Auditorium at its central office declared the manifesto saying that they would form a national government if the alliance went to power.
   ‘We have to form a national government with the secular and democratic forces for a meaningful economic, social and political development of the country’, the JSD president told at the briefing.
   Citing the example of the national government formed by Nelson Mandela in
   South Africa, Inu said Bangladesh had not seen any period of political stability after the war of independence in 1971 and the formation of such a government was needed earlier.
   The JSD has also pledged to form a bicameral parliament consisting of the upper and lower houses if the party was voted to power, Inu said.
   Control of prices, food security, state support to protect the low-income earners, more power generation, energy security and the anti-graft drive topped the list of the party’s pledges, the JSD leader said.
   ‘If we can play a role in forming the next government, we will attempt at banning the religion-based politics, communalism and the edicts issued by the religious authorities’, Inu said, adding that three JSD candidates would take part in the national polls for three constituencies with the symbol boat.
   The general secretary of the party, Syed Zafar Sajjad, joint general secretary, Shirin Akhter, and the central leaders, Habibur Rahman Shawkat and Mir Hossain Akhter were present at the briefing.

 

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