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Year-end Bangladesh polls being closely watched by New Delhi


Year-end Bangladesh polls being closely watched by New Delhi

Dhaka (Bangladesh), Apr 02 (ANI): Parliamentary elections in Bangladesh are due by December end. While the odds seem to favour the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League's return to power for the third time in succession, New Delhi cannot rule out an upset victory by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which is led by Begum Khaleda Zia.

India is closely watching the developments in Bangladesh as the Awami League Government has been friendly towards New Delhi. The coalition BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh (Jamaat) government that was in power in Bangladesh between 2001 to 2006 was intensely hostile to India as was the BNP Government that was in power from 1991 to 1996.

Both the BNP and the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition Governments had vigorously continued the policy of preceding military dictatorships of providing shelter, funds, weapons and training to secessionist insurgent groups of north eastern India like the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodola

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