Soon after she was confirmed a third term as the Prime Minister, following her party's massive victory in the recently concluded elections, Sheikh Hasina spared a moment to analyse the opposition's performance, backing them to do better in future using the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) reference.
Speaking to the media after Bangladesh Awami League-led coalition won 288 out of the 300 seats, the longest serving PM of the country gave her opposition confidence and hope by citing BJP's performance over the years in India.
"How many seats did they (opposition) get in the last election? They could not focus on who would be their PM. Such an old and established party, but who will be the leader of the party? It was not clear. So people didn't vote for them. Do you remember the BJP had just two seats when Rajiv Gandhi won the election? Now, they are in power. So there’s a chance for other parties as well if they work properly,” she told media at her residence.
In the aftermath of her landslide victory, a number of political leaders from India, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, congratulated Sheikh Hasina. PM Modi on Monday took to Twitter, wherein he reiterated his desire to have a strong relationship with Bangladesh.
"I spoke to Sheikh Hasinaji and congratulated her on the resounding victory in the Bangladesh elections. I wished her the very best for the tenure ahead. I have reiterated India's continued commitment to work together for the development of Bangladesh and further strengthening of our bilateral relations" he tweeted.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also extended her wishes to Sheikh Hasina.