Chairperson Khaleda Zia announced her party’s 32-pt election manifesto
on September 7.
of BNP manifesto
500-strong parliament and increased reserved seats for women
new ministries for freedom fighters, expatriates, and garments
court in every district for speedy trial of criminals
Anti-Corruption Commission with neutral persons
of wealth of PM, ministers, MPs and others
of the judiciary from the executive
anti-Islamic law and close ties with Muslim countries
of state-run radio and television
patronisation for making local industries profitable
in the Ganges water-sharing treaty and fresh solution to CHT crisis
Parishad, Upazila Parishad and Gram Sarkar
village with skilled IT experts
of all non-government primary schools
eliminate corruption, an Ombudsman will be appointed "in the shortest
possible time", the Anti-Corruption Bureau will be recast and a
"constitutional, independent and autonomous Anti-Corruption
Commission" will be set up. Besides government officials, the
commission will also include other people.
Commission would not be under the Prime Minister's Office or any other
controlling authority. It would be completely independent," she
said assets and property of all people's representatives, the prime
minister, ministers and others of equal rank and status will be made
BNP Chairperson said the number of seats in parliament will be raised to
500. Women's seats will also be increased and they will be directly
has become necessary to increase parliament seats due to increase in
to a question in this regard, she said BNP and other component parties of
the four-party alliance would be able to amend the Constitution to
increase parliament seats.
are hopeful of getting two-thirds majority in parliament. If we do not get
absolute majority, we will seek opposition's support and I hope they will
support the initiative in the interest of democracy".
the number of women's seats in a 500-member parliament, she said it might
be 64 for all the 64 districts. "But we have kept the option open
because we want to finalise it through discussion."
BNP Chairperson said if voted to power, her party would take up an
"Electricity for All" programme, expand activities of Rural
Electrification Board to bring more rural areas under power supply and
reduce system loss in urban areas by improving management in the sector.
of religious institutions from electricity charges will continue.
said Awami League in its last five years' rule politicised the
administration and undermined the judiciary.
will separate the judiciary from the executive and ensure independence of
the judiciary. No law contrary to Islam would be formulated."
promotion and posting will be on the basis of merit, skill and experience.
said the state-controlled Radio and Television will be given "real
autonomy" and "responsible" Radio, TV and newspaper in the
private sector will be encouraged.
private sector will be treated as the main driving force for development
and protection will be given to domestic industries, she said. Training
facilities for unemployed youths will be increased and steps will be taken
to send more people abroad.
of government employees victimised during Awami League rule will be
permanent pay commission for government employees will be constituted so
that their salaries and allowances can be re-fixed automatically with
increase in cost of living. National minimum wages will be fixed.
of New Ministries
Zia said a separate ministry will be set up for welfare of freedom
fighters and their families. More freedom fighters will be involved in
nation building activities and steps will be taken to enhance their social
dignity, she said.
ministry will be created for growth of the readymade garments sector. A
separate division or a ministry will be set up for expatriate
Bangladeshis, she pledged.
steps for rapid industralisation, more export processing zones will be set
up in different parts of the country to attract foreign investment.
main target is self-reliance and economic emancipation of the people. We
will not take any foreign loan which goes against national interest"
IT and Telecom sectors
said if elected, her party would give top priority to development of IT
sector. Initiative would be taken to take Bangladesh on the 'information
highway' and an Internet Village would be set up for building skilled IT
education sector will get the highest budgetary allocation. All
non-government primary schools will be nationalised and government
contribution to salaries of teachers and employees of private high
schools, colleges and madsassahs will be increased to 100 per cent.
and Foreign Policy
forces would be modernised and equipped to cope with the geo-political
will build good relation with all countries on the basis of sovereignty
and by following nonaligned foreign policy. We will try to build friendly
relations with all countries of this region, especially with our close
neighbours, and further strengthen relations with Muslim countries,"
Zia said initiatives will be taken to resolve border problems, realise
legitimate share of waters of all international rivers and to stop
smuggling and cross-border terrorism through dialogue.
will be taken for necessary amendments to the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty,
signed by the Awami League government.
will not allow any country to use Bangladesh's land, water, sea and air
space for military purposes".
said the CHT accord signed by AL government has totally failed to bring
peace and stability in the hill tracts. All out efforts will be made to
resolve the CHT problem within the framework of the Constitution through
Zia said Zila and Upazila parishads will be strengthened and Gram Sarkar
will be re-introduced to accelerate development.
gas sector, the BNP Chairperson said her party, if elected, will give top
priority to national interest. Supply of gas across the country and
setting up of gas- based industries would be ensured.
to a question, she said export of gas would be considered after meeting
domestic demand and setting up gas based industries. "If export of
gas becomes necessary, we will discuss with all and transparency would be