A deluge of congratulations for PM Hasina

Publish: 3:36 PM, January 2, 2019 | Update: 3:36:PM, January 2, 2019

Global leaders keep congratulating Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her party’s third consecutive win with absolute majority in 11the national election held on Sunday. They highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s “dynamic leadership” for the development of Bangladesh and hoped stronger ties with Bangladesh in the coming days.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Bhutanese King JigmeKhesarNamgyelWangchuck, Bhutanese Prime Minister LotayTshering, Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Chief Minister of Tripura Biplobi Kumar Deb have greeted Sheikh Hasina on re-election of her party. Saudi King and Crown Prince, plus Qatari Emir also greeted out Prime Minister on her historic triumph.
In a statement, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Prime Minister Modi expressed confidence that the partnership between Bangladesh and India will continue to flourish under her “far-sighted” leadership.”We welcome the successful completion of the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. India warmly congratulates the people of Bangladesh for reaffirming their faith in democracy, development and the vision of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” said the MEA.
Modi also reiterated the priority India attaches to Bangladesh as a neighbour, a close partner for regional development, security and cooperation, and a central pillar in India’s ”Neighbourhood First” policy.”The Indian Prime Minister phoned his counterpart Sheikh Hasina around 10:30 am and congratulated her, the Awami League and the people of Bangladesh after her party’s win with absolute majority in the national election…,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.”The victory of the Awami League in the polls is the reflection of stunning development that Bangladesh attained under your dynamic leadership,” Modi said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang extended their heartfelt congratulations to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.Ihsanul Karim said Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Zhang Zuo handed over their congratulatory messages to Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.The ambassador highly appreciated Sheikh Hasina’s leadership for development of Bangladesh and hoped that her Vision-2021 will be materialised and the country will be turned into a middle-income one by 2021 under her dynamic leadership.Ambassador Zuo also hoped that Bangladesh will be able to bring down poverty rate to zero soon due to the farsighted programmes of the Bangladesh Prime Minister.
The Chinese envoy hoped that the strategic and mutual cooperation between the two countries will continue in the days to come.The Chinese envoy paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, terming him a great leader of the world.At the meeting, the Prime Minister thanked the Chinese President and Premier for congratulating her and appreciated the continued support of Beijing for the development of Bangladesh.Describing China as a great friend of Bangladesh, Hasina expects more investments from China during the next five years of her tenure.
Nepalese Prime Minister Oli phoned Hasina and congratulated her on her party’s landslide victory in the election.During the telephonic conversation, he said, the two premiers reaffirmed that the two countries will work together for further bolstering bilateral relations and cooperation.
Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas also phoned Hasina and congratulated her on her party’s landslide victory in the election.”The Palestine president phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at about 6 pm and congratulated her, the Awami League and the people of Bangladesh on securing her party’s absolute majority in the national election,” Karim said.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”Heartiest congratulations to Sheikh HasinaJi on the victory in the Bangladesh General Election,” she tweeted.
Needless to say, the flood of congratulatory messages and gestures from round the world only underline how almost universally Elections 2018 in Bangladesh have been appreciated and accepted. Specially from such endorsement from Chinese and Indian leadership should put to rest any international misgivings related to these elections.
Notably also a group of foreign and local observers termed the just-held national election free, fair and disciplined one as voters have been able to cast their votes without any fear and in a very festive mood.At a press conference here on Monday, the observers appreciated the role of the Bangladesh Election Commission for holding a peaceful election.
SAARC Human Rights Foundation and the Election Monitoring Forum jointly organised the press briefing at the Jatiya Press Club to share their experiences after observing Sunday’s polls.The Election Monitoring Forum is an association of 31 organisations and 26 NGOs registered under the Election Commission.
“Considering all the aspects, we can say the 11th parliamentary election in Bangladesh was free and fair,” Executive Director of Election Monitoring Forum and Secretary General of Saarc Human Rights Foundation Prof M Abed Ali told reporters.Canadian observer Tania Foster said what she saw was “very peaceful and very well-organized” and the presence of security personnel on the ground was enough to ensure the security for voters.She found kind of similarity with the election they have in Canada like people lining up with valid identity and presence of observes.
“The Election Commission has done a very good job,” Foster said adding that the EC ensured fair and democratic process for the citizens of Bangladesh.Special representative of Sri Lanka’s Saarc Human Rights Foundation Mohammed Ehsan Iqbal said he can confirm that Sunday’s election was the most peaceful election held in Bangladesh. “I wish all the best for the Bangladeshi people and future as well.”Former president of Kolkata Press Club Kamal Bhattacharya, DrGautom Ghosh, Chally Foster, former Nepalese minister Hakikullah Muslim and MP Nazir Mia, Nepalese lawyer Mohammadin Ali, Saarc Human Rights Foundation director Masum Chowdhury were present.They said vote casting went smoothly in Dhaka city with much enthusiasm among voters.