Thursday, January 10, 2008

Another political party launched

Dhaka, Jan 10 (—A new political party, Bangladesh Naypanthi Dal, was floated Thursday. Leaders of the party hoped to participate in the next election, expected by the end of 2008.

In a year under the state of emergency, six new political parties have emerged. The other five are: National People's Party, Progressive Democratic Party, Republican Party and Naya Samaj Dal.

Dr Abu Mohammad Zohurul Huq, president of the new party, announced the manifesto from a press conference at the National Press Club.

Huq, a psychiatrist born in Munshiganj, said: "My political position is neither right nor left. It is centric. If my party goes to power, it will end dynastic politics, muscle power and dirty politics of black money established by the Awami League and the BNP."

He said the aim of his party was to build a "happy, prosperous, secular, non-communal and democratic Bangladesh".

"The main principles of the party are to create opportunities for liberal democracy, religiousness and equality for all," Huq said.

He emphasised that his party would win the 2008 national election.

There was no announcement on any committee of the party that would have two wings—one for women and the other for the youth.

It will have no front organisations for teachers, students and workers, according to a 16-page manifesto distributed among reporters.

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