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  • Hasina-led alliance appears set for big win in Bangladesh polls

    Dhaka (PTI): Former prime minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League-led grand alliance tonight appeared set for a landslide victory in the country's landmark general elections, bagging 168 seats so far in the 300-seat Parliament, according to unofficial results.

    A huge voter turnout of over 80 per cent earlier marked Bangladesh's first parliamentary election in seven years after two years of emergency rule. Amid unprecedented security, stray incidents of violence left some 50 people injured.

    Sheikh Hasina herself swept to victory in all the three constituencies she was contesting from as the Election Commission continued to announce unofficial results after the day-long voting.

    Her arch-rival ex-premier Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led four party grouping so far won 18 seats while two independent candidates and Liberal Democratic Party chief Col (retd) Oli Ahmed bagged three other seats.

    Zia also won in all the three seats she contested from.

    Reports reaching to Dhaka from different constituencies indicated the Awami League-led alliance was leading in more than 75 per cent of the constituencies.

    Election and political analysts earlier said they saw no clear favourites while the fight was expected to be a "razor's edge" one, with a slight tilt towards Awami League as the BNP-led grouping, which was in power before the proclamation of emergency, had to ward off anti-incumbency.

    The Jamaat-e-Islami, a crucial ally of BNP, won only two seats while its chief Motiur Rahman Nizami and secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid conceded defeat in their respective constituencies.

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