Jan 7, 2014, 9:10 AM
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New Delhi, Jan 7, IRNA -- Denouncing violence during the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh, India Monday said the polls were a constitutional requirement and the democratic processes must be allowed to take their own course in the country.

'Elections in Bangladesh on January 5th were a constitutional requirement. They are a part of the internal and constitutional process of Bangladesh. It is for the people of Bangladesh to decide their own future and choose their representatives in a manner that responds to their aspirations,' the Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said.

'Violence cannot and should not determine the way forward. The democratic processes must be allowed to take their own course in Bangladesh,' he said.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League is set to form the next government after securing over three-fourth majority in the controversial polls marred by deadly clashes, a low turnout and a boycott by opposition parties, the PTI reported.

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led 18 party alliance boycotted the polls and spearheaded a violent campaign to thwart the elections along with its key-ally fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami.

Twenty-one people were killed in poll-related violence on Sunday.

According the unofficial results, the Awami League candidates won in 107 seats and its ally Jatiya Party so far bagged 16 out of 300 constituencies

Having won 127 seats uncontested, the party has now more than 230 seats in the house, which gives it a clear three-fourth majority in the 10th parliament - much like it was in the 9th parliament.