Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling alliance according to media reports have swept to a landslide victory in the general elections, securing a third straight term. The Awami League-led Grand Alliance won 288 seats in the 300-member Parliament.
The ruling alliance, which got nearly 82 per cent of the total votes polled, bettered its previous best performance of 2008 when it bagged 263 seats.
The opposition alliance, comprising jailed ex-premier Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party and some small parties, rejected the poll outcome as ‘farcical’ and demanded fresh election.
The Election Commission, however, ruled out holding a fresh election.
Commenting on the results, 71-year-old Hasina said the Awami League-led Grand Alliance’s win in the election is another victory for the people of the country in December – the month of victory.