Modi Congratulates Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina on ‘conclusive’ Poll Victory
Hasina’s Awami League has won 259 seats in the 300-seat parliament.
New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina for her “decisive” victory in the parliamentary elections, with New Delhi terming the polls as a reaffirmation of the “vision of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”.
According to the latest results, the ruling party, Hasina’s Awami League has won 259 seats – 80% – in the 300-seat parliament. This is more than the 234 seats the Awami League obtained in the 2014 elections, which was boycotted by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
Over 66% of voters turned out for the elections on Sunday, which was marked by a string of violent incidents which left around 18 dead.
The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement here that Modi called Hasina on Monday morning to convey “his heartiest congratulations on the decisive results of the election”.
Modi expressed confidence that relations between India and Bangladesh would continue to flourish under Hasina’s “far-sighted leadership”, the press note stated.
“PM also reiterated the priority India attaches to Bangladesh as a neighbour, a close partner for regional development, security and cooperation, and a central pillar in India’s “Neighbourhood First” policy,” it added.
Welcoming the “successful completion” of the poll, India also congratulated Bangladeshis for “reaffirming their faith in democracy, development and the vision of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”.