Prime Minister Modi will go to Bangladesh from March 26 to 27 to attend the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the nation’s independence and the delivery centenary of its founder ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. This is able to be his first journey to a international nation for the reason that outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re proud to ask him (Modi) to Bangladesh… persons are with us (the federal government),” Bangladesh International Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen instructed reporters on Saturday evening.
Momen mentioned “just a few can oppose this go to and allow them to do it”. “There may be nothing to fret about (their protests),” he added.
“Bangladesh is a democratic nation the place individuals have the appropriate to precise their opinion and the federal government is just not apprehensive about it,” he mentioned, including that the protesters are “few in quantity” and simply taking the benefit of the “freedom of expression”.
Prime Minister Modi and heads of state and authorities from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives might be among the many distinguished international friends to affix the celebrations underneath separate schedules.
Momen mentioned authorities have taken each required step to make sure safety of all visiting international dignitaries.
Some hardline Islamists, left leaning teams and civil society members just lately staged demonstrations towards Modi’s go to, referring to India’s new citizenship regulation.
In the meantime, Junior International Minister Shahriar Alam urged “those that are giving totally different opinions to point out respect for the invited friends if they’ve respect for the Bangabandhu as Father of the Nation and love for the nation”.
He particularly requested the teams and figures related to the Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Get together (BNP) to chorus from “exhibiting double-standards by opposing Modi’s go to since they tried to appease him throughout his first time period of the federal government”.
Throughout his go to, Modi can even go to two Hindu temples in southwestern Shatkhira and Gopalganj districts, largely inhabited by the Hindu Matua neighborhood, numerous them hailing from West Bengal.
Requested whether or not there was any hyperlink between Modi’s interplay with the Matua neighborhood and elections in West Bengal, Alam mentioned: “it’s not a priority of Bangladesh if his go to has any hyperlink to politics.
“We’re glad that Modi will go to totally different locations outdoors Dhaka. He is our visitor and he is prepared to go outdoors Dhaka. It’s going to assist develop our tourism sector. So, it is a good factor for us”.