Iqbal Sobhan for strengthening BD-India relationship
Kolkata : Putting emphasis on people to people relation between Bangladesh and India, Prime Minister’s media advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury on Friday called upon all to further strengthening the ties between the two countries in all sectors.
“There has been an excellent relationship between Bangladesh and India. Peoples of the two countries should work unitedly with secular mentality to nurture the relationship,” he said.
Chowdhury, also the Editor of the Daily Observer, came up with the call while addressing a programme as chief guest. The programme was arranged at Ward 68 of Kolkata City Corporation marking the 155th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in Kolkata.
He recalled India’s cooperation and contribution to Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971 and giving shelter to 10 million Bangladeshis in India.
“The foundation of bilateral fraternal relationship between the two countries was built up by the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The bonds have been reached a new height today by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” the PM’s media advisor said.
He urged all to take part in the process to further strengthening the relationship.
Subrata Mukherjee, Minister for Panchayet of the Government of West Bengal, was present as special guest in the programme presided over by Ward 68 councillor Sudarshana Mukherjee.
Among others, former BFUJ treasurer and senior journalist of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Ataur Rahman and Trinamool Congress leader Debashish Chakraborty spoke.
Later, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury inaugurated a Bangladesh stall--Amar Bangla-- at a four-day fair being held in observance of Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary.
Earlier on Thursday night, he exchanged views with local journalists at Kolkata Press Club where they accorded a reception to the PM’s advisor.
Kolkata Press Club president Snehashish Sur and general secretary Kingshuk Pramanik delivered the welcome address.