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PM: Symbol mattered this time as in 1970

  • Published at 01:46 am January 3rd, 2019
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Minister Sheikh Hasina and outgoing Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla speak during a meeting at Ganabhaban on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Focus Bangla

Awami League's landslide victory is the reflection of Bangladesh’s stunning development in 10 years, says the outgoing Indian envoy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the people of Bangladesh cast their votes during the 11th general election seeing the symbol, not the candidates, as they did in 1970.

Her remarks came when outgoing Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla called on her at Ganabhaban on Wednesday, reports UNB.

"This election was like that of 1970. The people cast their votes just seeing the symbol... They did not see who the candidates were,” the prime minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted her as saying, while briefing reporters after the meeting.

Describing Sunday's election as a peaceful and a participatory one, Hasina said: “It was possible due to the cooperation of all — including the civil administration and armed forces, police, Border Guard Bangladesh, Ansar and VDP and Bangladesh Coast Guard.”

Talking about the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India, she said the countries had resolved many problems like the land and maritime boundary disputes peacefully through discussions.

"This will remain as an example for others to follow to deal with the neighbours," she added.

The Indian high commissioner extended his heartiest congratulations to Sheikh Hasina on her party Awami League’s absolute victory in the general election.

Shringla said: “Awami League's landslide victory in the election is the reflection of the stunning development that Bangladesh attained over the last 10 years.

“The people of Bangladesh do not want violence and hartal; rather they want to live in peace.”

He informed the prime minister that Indian media as a whole ran positive reports on Bangladesh's election and editorials praised the polls.

The Indian envoy highly appreciated Bangladesh's socioeconomic development under Hasina’s leadership, saying: “The country is now a changed regional power in terms of economic development and women empowerment. 

"Bangladesh has witnessed massive developments in the field of economy and women empowerment in the last couple of years and it was too fast.”

Pointing out Bangladesh's existing communal harmony, he praised the prime minister's slogan “religion is for individuals and festival for all.”

Shringla said he along with his wife watched docudrama “Hasina: A Daughter's Tale” and were deeply touched.

The prime minister and the outgoing Indian high commissioner expressed hope that the bilateral ties between the two countries will strengthen further in future.

The prime minister’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, Principal Secretary Nojibur Rahman, Military Secretary Maj Gen Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin and the high commissioner's wife were present at the meeting, among others.