Dhaka: WB CM Mamata Banerjee arrived at Dhaka on Thursday after 17 long years to attend the Bhasa Divas ceremony at Bangladesh. She has been invited as the chief guest of the ceremony by the Bangladesh Government. This is her first visit to Bangladesh as the Chief Minister of West Bengal.
‘Baithaki Bangla’ was the first engagement of the Chief Minister which was a platform for interaction between the luminaries of both the countries from the world of literature, drama, music. She would be later meeting the President and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh during her stay.
The cultural fraternity of both sides of Bengal met and discussed how to strengthen cultural ties and standing relations between West Bengal and Bangladesh.
WB CM Mamata Banerjee called this initiative as a ‘meeting of minds’. At Baithaki Bangla, the CM said that no border in the world can divide the hearts of two Bengals. She proposed a series of steps to cement the cultural bond between her state and Bangladesh, including the construction of a “Bangabandhu Bhaban”, a building to be named after the country’s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Political geography has divided us, but there is no division in our two minds. I feel proud to be a part of the Bhasa Divas celebration,” she said during her interaction with litterateurs and cultural figures. Later in the evening Mamata went to homage to Banga Bandhu Memorial Museum at 32 Dhanmandi. At night along with the PM Sheikh Haseena and President Hamid, Mamata Banerjee was present at Bangladesh’s ‘Shaheed Minar’ area to pay homage to all the brave hearts who sacridiced their lives demanding a right for their ‘Matri Bhasa’ on Feb 21, 1952.