The Awami League is rolling out its election manifesto with a focus on inclusion of the youth in leadership after taking Bangladesh onto the ‘development highway’ in 10 years of its rule.
Party chief Sheikh Hasina will announce the campaign pledges at a Dhaka hotel on Tuesday, a day after its rival the BNP’s Jatiya Oikya Front alliance unveiled its manifesto.
Abdur Razzaque, a member of the Awami League’s presidium who has been the coordinator of the subcommittee that has made the manifesto, told bdnews24.com that the prime minister will spell out the manifesto at 10am.
Before winning the 2008 elections by a landslide, the Awami League had pledged a number of changes in policies, naming its manifesto “The Charter for Change”.
Before the 2014 elections, it had announced a manifesto on development – “Marching Ahead Bangladesh: Road to Peace, Democratic Development and Prosperity”.
Razzaque had earlier said they would include their plans on engaging the youth in development work and in running the country in the manifesto.
Hasina’s Economic Affairs Adviser Mashiur Rahman, a member of the manifesto subcommittee, told bdnews24.com it would include plans to create opportunities for the youth through training.
He said they would also focus on both short-term and long-term plans.
The party’s Deputy Press Secretary Biplab Barua, another member of the subcommittee, said the short-term plans were based on what the party would do in 2019-2023 if it was reelected.
The long-term plans are centred upon the party’s “Vision 2041”, he added.