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Bangladesh Election 2024 Sheikh Hasina’s message for India’s liberation war, she gave us shelter

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said India has been a “reliable friend” of Dhaka in her message to New Delhi on Sunday, as voting for the 300-seat Parliament began in her country. Hasina highlighted India’s support to the liberation war of Bangladesh and extended her best wishes to the people of India.

PM Sheikh Hasina, who is considered a friend of India, said, “You are heartily welcome. We are very fortunate… India is our trusted friend.”

“During our liberation struggle, they supported us…after 1975, when we lost our entire family…they gave us shelter. So our best wishes to the people of India,” he said.

A team of three senior members of the Election Commission of India arrived in Dhaka on Friday to participate in the monitoring process as part of the team of international election observers.

Ahead of the election, the outcome of which is likely to be in her favour, Prime Minister Hasina said, “Our country is sovereign and independent… We have a large population. We have established the democratic rights of the people… I want to ensure that Am.” Democracy should prevail in this country…”

The elections in the neighboring country are being held amid calls for a boycott by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and pre-poll violence that saw incidents of arson in various parts of the country between Friday and Saturday.

In a nationally televised address this week, 76-year-old Hasina urged pro-democracy and law-abiding parties not to promote ideas that “disrupt” the country’s constitutional process.

Also read: Voting is being held today in Bangladesh amid election violence, opposition boycott calls. Prime Minister Hasina’s chances of winning a fourth term: Top marks

The main opposition party in the Bangladeshi parliament, Jatiya Party, is contesting the election in the absence of about 15 political parties, which have called for a boycott of the election.

However, of the 265 candidates it has fielded, at least 225 have pulled out, mostly informally, calling the race “one-sided and phased”.

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