Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) - Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering on Monday phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and congratulated her as her party secured absolute majority in the parliamentary elections.
The Bhutanese premier phoned Awami League President Sheikh Hasina around 1:30 pm and congratulated her, her party and the people of Bangladesh on securing her party's absolute majority in Sunday’s national election, said PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim.
During the conversation, he said, the two leaders hoped that the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries will be strengthened further in the days to come.
Hasina extended greetings to the Bhutanese King and the Royal family through the Bhutanese premier, the press secretary said.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) – Rejecting Jatiya Oikyafront’s demand for re-election, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Monday said there is no such scope.
“The election was credible according to reports of the media, and local and foreign observers. Till now, we haven’t received any written complaint of irregularities,” he told a post-election press conference at Nirbachan Bhaban.
Rejecting the results of the national election, Jatiya Oikyafront on Sunday demanded reelection under a nonparty caretaker government.
Dr Kamal Hossain, the convener of the opposition alliance, made the demand while speaking at a press conference at his Bailey Road residence after a meeting of the alliance leaders. “The news of ‘vote robbery’ in a similar fashion reached us from almost all the constituencies. As a result, over 100 candidates of different parties boycotted the election,” he had said.
The CEC also said even if any complaint is lodged with the Election Commission, there will be no barrier to publishing the results in gazettes.
Replying to a query, he said, “We’re satisfied with the election. We aren’t dissatisfied.”
Nurul Huda said some 80 percent voters exercised their franchise in Sunday’s general election held in a peaceful atmosphere amid enthusiasm. “There’s an air of festivity everywhere. Actually, the nation celebrated the vote festival on December 30,” he said.
He said the Election Commission regretted as 14 people lost their lives in election violence.
Balloting in 16 polling stations out of over 40,000 was postponed, the CEC said.
Four election commissioners -- Mahbub Talukder, Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanom and Brig Gen (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury -- and EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed were present at the press conference.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Monday congratulated Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on her party’s third consecutive win with absolute majority in the 11the national election.
Secretary to President Shampad Barua, Military Secretary Major General Md Sarwar Hossain and Press Secretary Joynal Abedin handed over a congratulatory message to the Prime Minister at Ganobhaban.
Awami League secured a two-third majority in Sunday’s election.
Noakhali, Dec 31 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday urged the party activists to get united and work for the development of the country and refrain from misbehaving with opposition party activists.
“I, as the AL general secretary, urge the leaders and activists of the party to abide by the directives of party chief Sheikh Hasina and work for the development of the country. Don’t misbehave with opposition party men and don’t be vindictive towards them,” he said.
Obaidul Quader came up with the call while addressing a reception orgainised by the local unit of Awami League for his win from Noakhali-5 at Basurhat Ruapli Chattar in Companyganj upazila.
He also asked his party men not to became overexcited and do anything which would be ominous for them.
“We’ve to learn from our previous mistakes, if any, and Awami League will move ahead taking lessons from the past,” said Quader.
Earlier, the Awami League leader went to the graveyard of his parents at Razapur village in Basurhat municipality and offered prayers there.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the win of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance in the 11th national election is another victory for the people of the country in December --the month of victory.
The Prime Minister came up with the remarks when political leaders as well as senior officials of civil and military administration greeted her at her office in the capital, marking reelection of her party with absolute majority in the national election.
Sheikh Hasina said the victory is nothing for her for personal gains, rather it is a great responsibility towards the country and its people.
The Prime Minister said she thinks her reelection is a great opportunity to serve the country and materialise the dreams of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through completing his unfinished tasks.
She also extended her greetings to the country’s people on the occasion of the New Year.
The leaders and officials greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by presenting her bouquets.
The political leaders and government officials include Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Prime Minister’s Advisers Dr Toufique-e Elahi Chowdhury and Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Najma Rahman, Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary, Cabinet Secretary, Public Administration Secretary, the chiefs of the three services, the IGP, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary and BGB and Rab Director Generals.
Prime Minister’s younger sister Sheikh Rehana and Prime Minister’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain were present on the occasion.