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Promises to keep

  • Published at 12:00 am December 19th, 2018

It is the political parties which have a solemn duty to honour their campaign pledges

The election manifestos published by Jatiya Oikya front and the ruling Awami League display the kind of political maturity and awareness that has often been absent in our political discourse.

This is how politics should be conducted.

The ruling party’s promises are already familiar to the people -- the AL has renewed its pledge to crack down on corruption, fight terrorism and drugs, and ensure safer roads among other promises.

A commitment towards tapping into the potential of the youth population was also restated, as was the pledge to ensure food security and digital technology policies that will take us forward.

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On the other hand, Jatiya Oikya Front has promised to maintain the spirit of the Liberation War, and has said it will continue the war crimes trials, while paving the way for a more just and equal society through policies against extra-judicial killings and introducing a bicameral system in governance, as well as scrapping the Digital Security Act.

The alliance also promises to remove the age bar in entry to government jobs except for in police and the armed forces, an issue which has been a point of contention lately.

Now that the manifestos have been put forward in a clear manner, we take the parties’ words seriously and in good faith -- now it is the political parties which have a solemn duty to honour their campaign pledges.

Because making election promises is the easy part, now comes the difficult work of doing right by the people.