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PM Modi Extends Congratulations to Sheikh Hasina for Historic Election Victory

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, on her fourth straight parliamentary election victory.

“Spoke to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and congratulated her on her victory for a historic fourth consecutive term in the Parliamentary elections. I also congratulate the people of Bangladesh for the successful conduct of elections. We are committed to further strengthen our enduring and people-centric partnership with Bangladesh,” the prime minister posted on social platform X.

Hasina’s Awami League won about 75% of the seats in Sunday’s general election, which was boycotted by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and had poor voter turnout.

Former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia’s BNP boycotted the 2018 general elections when Sheikh Hasina refused to quit and allow an impartial observer to monitor the vote.

“Each political party has right to take decision, absence of one party in election does not mean democracy is absent,” Hasina told reporters at her official residence in the capital Dhaka.

The 76-year-old Bangladeshi prime minister is the daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of the Bangla-speaking country that was previously known as East Pakistan before its independence in 1971.

Rahman was murdered in 1975, along with the majority of his family, after an army coup. Hasina was not in the country on that fateful day of August 15, therefore she survived.

Hasina initially took office as Prime Minister in 1996. This will be her fifth term overall.

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