As Bangladesh embarks on its electoral journey today, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extends warm wishes to India, acknowledging the enduring friendship between the two nations. Grateful for India’s pivotal support during the Liberation War in 1971, Hasina reflects on the strong bond between the countries.
Expressing her gratitude, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina shares, We are fortunate to have India as our trusted friend. During our Liberation War, they stood by us. Following the tragic events in 1975 when we lost our entire family, India sheltered us. Our heartfelt best wishes to the people of India.
Recalling the painful chapter of her family’s massacre in 1975, Hasina spent several years in exile in India before returning to Bangladesh and assuming leadership of the Awami League. After casting her vote in the general elections, she emphasizes the importance of democracy in the country’s progress.
“Our nation is sovereign and independent, with a large population. We’ve worked to establish the democratic rights of our people over the years. I want to ensure that democracy continues to thrive in our country because, without it, development is not possible. Bangladesh has achieved significant progress due to our long-term democratic system, spanning from 2009 to 2023,” she declares.
Accusing the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the main opposition party, of inciting violence, Hasina asserts that they oppose the development of the people. Approximately 170 million Bangladeshis are expected to participate in the 12th national election, despite the boycott by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which demands Hasina’s resignation.