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Business News/ Politics / News/  Bangladesh Elections 2024: ‘India is our trusted friend’, says PM Sheikh Hasina, likely to secure another term
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Bangladesh Elections 2024: ‘India is our trusted friend’, says PM Sheikh Hasina, likely to secure another term

Bangladesh Elections 2024: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina considers India a trusted friend and expresses best wishes to the people of India.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina checks her watch as she waits for the official opening time to cast her vote in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)Premium
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina checks her watch as she waits for the official opening time to cast her vote in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was asked to send a message to India. ''You are most welcome," she said with a smile.

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“We are very lucky. India is our trusted friend. During our liberation war, they supported us. After 1975, when we lost our whole family, they gave me shelter. So, we have our best wishes to the people of India," she told ANI.

PM Hasina’s message comes as the country has started polling for the 12th general elections on January 7. While there are boycott calls by the main Opposition party, BNP, PM Hasina is expected to secure another term.

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Bangladesh witnessed several cases of pre-poll violence while more than 119.6 million registered voters are set to cast their votes at more than 42,000 polling stations. The election results will be out on January 8.

Polling starts

Voting started on January 7 in an election marked by violence and a boycott by the main opposition party. This situation is likely to help Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League win a fourth term in a row, AP reported.

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Since January 5, there have been 18 cases of arson across the country. Also, 10 of these attacks were on polling stations. A passenger train going to Dhaka was set on fire, killing four people. These events have increased stress before the general elections.

Election activities in in the country have been violent. It has led to the death of at least 15 people in recent months. Tensions escalated in late October during a large rally in Dhaka by the BNP, resulting in conflicts with the police.

(With agency inputs)

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Published: 07 Jan 2024, 08:54 AM IST
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