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The ruling Awami League (AL) will announce its electoral manifesto for the 11th national polls by December 15 pledging to build the rural areas with all modern civic amenities, party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader said on Friday.
“Awami League will unveil its electoral manifesto by December 15. The party’s plan to transform villages into townships will get preference in the manifesto. Besides, the party will also incorporate development programmes in it,” he said.
He came up with the statement while addressing a press briefing at AL president’s Dhanmondi political office in the city.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will announce the election manifesto after the last date of nomination paper withdrawal.
The AL general secretary said most of the nominated candidates of the ruling party are politicians, adding that even the former Chattra League leaders and most of the politicians have got the party nominations for the upcoming election.
Of the nominated candidates, there are almost 40 persons who are directly involved with the Liberation War, he added.
Even there are already 45 nominated persons who are new arrival and the number may rise to 50, he said.
Referring to the development works taken up during the AL tenure, Quader, also road transport and bridges minister said many flyovers have been constructed.
“When we were constructing the flyovers, many people had said these wouldn’t free the capital Dhaka from traffic jam. But city people now can avoid gridlock,” he noted.
He went on saying the ruling AL government is also constructing a Bus Rapid Transit route aiming to smooth the journey between Gazipur and Dhaka Airport. Once implemented the route will make people travel the distance in only 20 minutes.
“Apart from these, nine more flyovers will be constructed from Gazipur to Alenga,” Quader said, focusing on various achievements of the present government.
He added though Bangladesh Nationalist Party was in power for a long time, it could not present any mega project.
“Instead, the country had fallen behind during the rule of BNP for lack of farsightedness. AL manifesto will earn the appreciation of the people of the country,” Obaidul Quader hoped.