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Election manifestos of BNP and JOF

Published : Sunday, 30 December, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 432
Anwar A Khan

We have fact-checked key claims in the electoral manifestos of BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF). Political observers say all that glitters are not gold. JOF chief Dr Kamal Hossain at a press conference on December 17 disclosed their Election Manifesto for the 11th National Parliamentary Polls set on December 30. A banner was found backside of the leaders of where it was clearly written Proribortoner Lokkhey Jatiya Oikya Front" (in the direction of change) and "Dhanershishey vote din" (Cast vote for the symbol of Sheaf of Paddy)." JOF unveiled their 21-page election manifesto which contains 35-point pledge for the nation which entails ensuring the balance between the power of the President and the Prime Minister, and introducing upper house in Parliament, to restore people's ownership.

JOF Chief Dr Kamal Hossain unveiled the election manifesto with a pledge to ensure democracy so that one-party rule cannot take root in the country. "We announce the Jatiya Oikyafront's election charter. It's a manifesto of people. We've formulated it based on public opinion for people's welfare. We believe people's ownership of the country will be restored through the voting," he said.

BNP has already doled out its "sheaf of paddy" poll symbol with 22 MP aspirants belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami, the party that gained notoriety for its war crimes role in the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh. It is now claimed that it's senior most leaders are conspiring in league with Pakistan's deadliest spy agency-ISI for the regime change in Bangladesh through violent manner.

JOF is a platform of political parties led by Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain which includes the BNP, Dr Kamal-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, ASM Abdur Rab's Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab), Mahmudur Rahman Manna's NagorikOikya, and Abdul Kader Siddique's, Krishak Sramik Janata League, Gonoshasthaya Kendra Founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury and the likes of them. Every one of them is a bright star in the history of Bangladesh's liberation war in 1971 to establish an independent and sovereign country for us and Bangladesh could have better been expressed, have they been forged an alliance amongst themselves minus BNP, minus JeI, minus anti-liberation force and their mango-twigs. But as ill luck would have it, they all have ceded to the feet of the anti-liberation force.

Most of what Jatiya Oikya Front and their platform member BNP say in their manifestos is almost similar. JOF also announced that it would use BNP's sheaf of paddy as its electoral symbol. Then where is their moral place of uprightness? In fact, they have simply become so much diminutives doltishly that they are utterly poised towards fading away from Bangladesh's politics after the national polls.

A smile crossed the outfit's chiefdom's face as Dr Kamal Hossain and his lieutenants sauntered through the visitors' press conference in the recent past, they were found not concerned about the team running afoul of the rules. An orotund was puffed out the other day by some popinjays' declamations of electoral manifestos. By announcing their electoral manifestos, JOF as a theatre of the absurd no longer surprises.

Nonetheless, it is understandable their new actions which expose the extent to which lack of probity and respect for what is moral and logical, do not cease to cause pain to them� While BNP was born in the military cantonment with government exchequer's funding and utilising government spy agencies, it lost its soul and moral compass thence; and now the party has become a pun in the hands of the more rapscallion politicians to ensure that they are not held accountable.

The charade called politicians shall not be the abode of a country that is attained through supreme sacrifices of millions of people. That unprincipled political outfit (BNP is not a political party as it seems to be) had elapsed on the very day of its bringing into existence. It is now in full rein of a felon now residing abroad. It has brushed up barfs of spoilers of the veridical spirits and values of our glorious Liberation War by the outfit's amoral kingbolt, Dr Kamal Hossain and his scallywag deputies; and the outfit's present visual modality has tried to lay out something to present as a gift with flicks of some themes and plots of ground bespeaks of ulterior motives and that's called their electoral proclamation.

Having seen the newly born JOF and its topsy-turvy abracadabra harangues, I can tell you the truth: those are the bald-faced lies only. The bozo of JOF has never even got to know someone with a light sabre or lightsomeness, much less hold one. It is a yarn about the galaxy's true misfits?--the less-than-special ones who has risen up against the imperia out of desperation and for his diaphanous personal Lilliputian necessity. He and his cronies have been more chippies in glorifying the defeated enemies of our glorious Liberation War of 1971 giving them moorage to their political combine and the country's body politic to fosterage gamin of our yesteryears aureoles.

The yucky politicians as they are, their abracadabra harangue of electoral manifestos are nothing but a tactic or manoeuvre intended to gain ground of a vantage lonesome to snaffle power along with their knavish chums to further rampage or run riot and dance or Terpsichore on our glorious red and green flag. Whatever their averred assertions, as spelt out in the election manifestos, are a jocularity like a circus party buffoon.

Their electoral proclamations are nothing but an enlarged billow beyond truth or reasonableness of without value, significance or point of forebodes. This will before long be chapfallen. These are not anything, nothing, at all, but a charade and a misleading falsehood with the country and its people. Their enthusiastic chum salmons cogitate about the time of sunrise. It is anathematic that they have been offering to Janus-faced deity somas aesthesis of nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a printed matter for distribution to the public to take them to power-boating.

The role of political leadership in the successful implementation of path-breaking people's welfare policies in a democratically governed country is not their vivid mental image. Together with in-depth, context-appropriate research on strategic and urgent questions, delineating coherent actions and means for implementation of furthering the operational of change of policies are the aromas of politics. Where does their quality of being able to perform; and a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment of such a vision that they spelt out in their election manifestos the other days?  

JOF and BNP's abracadabra recitation or programme line to introduce a positive and quality political culture in Bangladesh is a good-for-naught, subsonic and not capable of being made consistent or harmonious document with their own political orientation or their parties' school of thought. A queasy political character as Dr Kamal Hossain has always been, how an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone else Dr Hossain be. Theirs is a knavery; a lack of honesty; and acts of lying.

Besieged by the 1971 war criminals, mass murderers and rapists JOF chief brought out his election manifesto to turn the country into a rainbow nation to create a political culture where all people of varying opinions can coexist peacefully, but, in fact, it is and will be a four flush. He does never possess or hold such a vision in his own soul; and he is nothing but a reciter of that speech only.

BNP's past history speaks that the bucked-up writers in a disloyal and faithless manner write lectures for that dame and beauty bush having elegance or taste or refinement in dress. Guinea pepper flower or snake's head fritillary recites the scripts only. JOF or BNP doesn't even hold or possess a single word of the written scripts in their souls. Does Dr Kamal or Mirza Fakrul, at all, comprehend what they have said? But they want to grab state power.

The writer is a senior citizen, writes on politics, political and human-centred figures, current and international affairs

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