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Hasina invites Soniato Mujibur centenary

Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina during a meeting in New Delhi on Sunday.

Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina during a meeting in New Delhi on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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The event will be held in March.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to be held in March next year and the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh Liberation which will be marked by year-long commemorations.

According to a Congress statement, Ms. Gandhi, along with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, met Ms. Hasina here on Sunday.

They were accompanied by Rajya Sabha member Anand Sharma and later Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joined them.

Ms. Hasina was accompanied by Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. Abdul Momen, senior Ministers and her advisers.

“Indian National Congress and the Awami League share a historic relationship. We had a long meeting where a wide range of issues were discussed. The two families also share a special bond going back to the days of Mujibur Rahman and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi,” Mr. Sharma told The Hindu. He denied that the two sides spoke about NRC. “It’s an internal matter and neither side broached the topic,” Mr. Sharma said.

Impressive growth

The two sides spoke at length about the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s role in Bangladesh liberation, the Congress statement said.

It said Dr. Singh, during the meeting, complimented Ms. Hasina for the impressive economic growth made by the country and her initiatives that had led to commendable improvement of social indicators particularly health and education.

Both Ms. Gandhi and Ms. Vadra had a closed-door meeting with Ms. Hasina too. The two families share a close bond from the time the Hasina family had to live in exile in the capital, after the assassination of Mujibur Rahman.

After the meeting, Ms. Vadra tweeted, “In overdue hug from Sheikh Hasina Ji whom I have been waiting to meet again for a long time. Her strength in overcoming deep personal loss and hardship and fighting for what she believed in with bravery and perseverance is, and always will be a great inspiration for me.”

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