Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thanked PM Narendra Modi for wishing her on her victory in Bangladesh's general election and also for being the first leader to call her to convey his wishes.
PM Narendra Modi had on Monday congratulated PM Hasina for winning her third consecutive general elections. "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.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina cruised to victory for a third consecutive term in Bangladesh's general election on Sunday, December 30, following a tense vote that saw at least 17 people killed in poll-related violence and demands of a fresh election by the opposition, according to media reports.
According to media reports, the ruling Awami League-led coalition won over 260 seats in the 300-member House.
Private DBC TV aired results of 299 seats out of 300. The ruling Awami League-led grand alliance bagged 266 seats and its ally Jatiya Party secured 21, while the opposition National Unity Front (UNF) with BNP being its key partner got only seven seats. The election was postponed in one seat due to the natural death of a candidate.
The Election Commission confirmed the complete result of the constituency in southwestern Gopalganj from where Hasina won bagging 2,29,539 votes, while her BNP opponent got only 123 votes.
The voting started at 8 AM and ended at 4 PM. The results are expected by Monday morning which would be announced by the commission headquarters in the capital, the EC said.
EC officials said they have received over a hundred complaints from candidates throughout the country amid reports of violence. At least 17 people, including a member of a security agency, have been killed in eight districts, and several others were injured in poll-related violence, the Daily Star newspaper reported. The build-up to the election has already been marred by violence
Over 600,000 security personnel including several thousand soldiers and paramilitary border guards were deployed across the nation for the election in which 10.41 crore people were eligible to vote.
(With PTI inputs)