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Sheikh Hasina’s unique record: MP for eight times, Prime Minister for five times

Sathia Kumar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been elected Member of Parliament for the eighth time from Gopalganj-3 (Tungipara-Kotalipara) seat. And he will take oath as the Prime Minister of the country for the fifth time. The number of leaders with such a colorful political life in world politics is very few.

Gopalganj Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer Kazi Mahbubul Alam announced the victory of Sheikh Hasina at 8:30 pm on Sunday (January 7). Sheikh Hasina got 2 lakh 49 thousand 965 votes in the 12th National Parliament election. The nearest rival M Nizam Uddin Lashkar of Bangladesh Supreme Party got 469 votes.

After the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975, Awami League unanimously elected Sheikh Hasina as party president in 1981 in his absence. After six years of exile, he finally returned to the country on May 17, 1981 as the current Prime Minister.

He played an active role in the anti-dictatorship movement. He was elected Member of Parliament for the first time from Gopalganj in 1986 Third National Parliament Election. He served as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. As part of the anti-dictatorship movement, the Awami League boycotted the 1988 fifth parliamentary elections.

After the fall of the dictatorial Ershad government in 1990, Sheikh Hasina was again elected from the Gopalganj-3 constituency in the fifth parliamentary elections held in 1991. In that election, Awami League won 88 parliamentary seats and emerged as the main opposition party. As a single party, Awami League won 30.1% of the total votes cast, which is only 0.7% less than the government forming party BNP.

Then Awami League did not participate in the sixth election on February 15, 1996. After succeeding in the movement against BNP, the Awami League President was re-elected from Gopalganj-3 seat in the Seventh National Parliament Election. After the assassination of Bangabandhu, Awami League came to power after 21 years in this election.

In 2001, the BNP again formed the government in the country’s eighth parliamentary elections. The cabinet was formed with the princes who were guilty of anti-humanity in the war of liberation. In this election too, Sheikh Hasina was elected member of Parliament from Gopalganj for the third consecutive time. After this election, hellish killings like 21st August happened. In this, Sheikh Hasina and Awami League leaders were attacked with grenades.

Awami League went to the 9th National Parliament election under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina after succeeding in the Durbar movement. In this election, after the 1973 election, it won a record number of seats and formed the government. And Sheikh Hasina was elected Prime Minister for the fifth time after winning a huge vote from Gopalganj. And took oath as the Prime Minister for the second time.

Sheikh Hasina was elected unopposed from Gopalganj in the 10th parliamentary elections and formed the government again. He took oath as the Prime Minister for the second time in a row and for the third time in total.

Sheikh Hasina was elected for the seventh time from Gopalganj constituency in the 11th national election. Awami League once again formed the government for the third consecutive time. And Sheikh Hasina took oath as the Prime Minister for the third consecutive time.

And Sheikh Hasina created a record by winning from Gopalganj-3 seat in the 12th National Parliament election. He was elected Member of Parliament for the highest time in the country. Apart from Sheikh Hasina, the former president of the country, Abdul Hamid, was elected member of Parliament seven times. Sheikh Hasina topped him this time and made a record by being elected for the eighth time. And if it is like the fourth time in a row and the fifth time in total, the head of the government.

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