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Khaleda Zia unveils BNP’s ‘Vision 2030’

The Daily Dawn

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday unveiled ‘Vision 2030’ in a press conference at the Westin hotel in Dhaka in the afternoon to take Bangladesh to a new height, pledging to bring constitutional reforms in order to bring ‘balance of power’.

In the briefing she said, her party wants to turn Bangladesh into a modern and democratic high middle-income country by 2030 with per capita income of US$ 5000.

She alleged that the monolithic executive authority of the Prime Minister has created an authoritarian dictatorship with a parliamentary saccade.

BNP will not make compromise with corruption, she said.

To achieve the goal, Khaleda said, BNP will adopt creative and intelligent initiatives to boost the annual growth rate to a double-digit figure that wil help to build a happy, prosperous, modern and self-respecting nation.

The BNP chief, who has been prime minister for three times, said  “In order to bring an end to this situation, the executive powers of the republic shall be balanced through appropriate constitutional amendment.”

“Experience of the recent time made the country’s people to deeply realise that the monolithic executive authority of the Prime Minister has created an authoritarian dictatorship with a parliamentary façade. In order to bring an end to this situation, the executive power of the republic shall be balanced through appropriate constitutional amendment,” said the BNP chief.

The ‘Vision 2030’ features 256 points under 37 sections including democracy, nation-building,  good governance, defence, foreign policy, moral rearmament, service delivery, social safety network, Liberation War, terrorism, extremism and militancy, economy and development, media and freedom of expression, ICT and local government.

In the press conference, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Lieutenant General (Retired) Mahbubur Rahman, MK Anowar, Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia, Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan and other BNP leaders were present.

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