January 6, 2015
WB CM to attend Bhasa Divas celebration in Dhaka as Guest of Honour
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee has accepted an invitation from Bangladesh government to participate in the Bhasa Divas celebrations in Dhaka on February 21 as guest of honour.
Bangladesh deputy high commissioner Zokey Ahad called on the CM at her office at Nabanna on Monday to hand over the written invitation from Bangladesh foreign minister A H Mahmood Ali. WB CM readily agreed.
“I have accepted the invitation and am happy and overjoyed with it. I love Bangladesh and its people. We were one people till Partition. We all have an emotional attachment with Bangladesh and if the people of Bangladesh are happy, we’re also happy. It is mutually beneficial to have good ties with each other,” the chief minister told a newpaper on Monday evening.
Mamata recalled that she was the one to start ‘Bhasa Divas’ celebrations in Kolkata when she was a Lok Sabha MP, with money from her MP local area development fund. It has since become an annual feature in Bengal and Kolkata Municipal Corporation now funds the celebrations in Kolkata, she said.