People of both countries will work together: WB CM at Bangladesh

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee today addressed a business meet organised by India- Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in association with the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Indian Chambers of Commerce, Kolkata.

She urged both the countries to work together.

She said, “People of both countries must work together. Let us think about solutions instead of problems. India and Bangladesh had two issues. One was land boundary. We have solved the issue. The other issue that of the Teesta water, will be solved soon. When one problem has been solved, the other one will be solved too, I believe that.”

She added on a concluding note, “We pray that both Bengals keep prospering. আমার সোনার বাংলা, আমি তোমায় ভালবাসি.”

Baithaki Bangla to strengthen cultural ties between two sides of Bengal: WB CM

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee arrived at Dhaka yesterday after 17 long years to attend the Bhasa Divas ceremony.

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.


Stregthening cultural ties 

‘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.

Rising above borders 

WB CM Ms 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.


Here is what she tweeted after Baithaki Bangla: 


Bhasa Andolon has strengthened ties between West Bengal and Bangladesh: WB CM

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee today laid the foundation stone of ‘Bhasa Smarak ’near the Birla Planetarium to pay homage to the martyrs of language movement.

The WB government had set up a ‘Bhasa Shaheed Smarak’ at Deshapriya Park earlier, but this one will at the heart of the city. After laying the foundation stone she said, “this Smarak will be a replica of the Dhaka University one and Jogen Chowdhury will modify it a bit. I am proud I will be in Bangladesh on 21 Feb. Thanks to UN for declaring it International Mother Language Day.”

Earlier in the day she addressed the press at the West Bengal Assembly. “The Bhasha Andolan strengthens the relationship between the two countries which share a large history and culture. I want the cultural, business, transport relationship with Bangladesh to develop further”, she said.

She expressed her gratitude to the Bangladesh Government for inviting her. She added, “I feel proud that the Bangladesh Government has extended invitation to us on the occasion of Bhasa Divas. The day is very significant in the history of Bangladesh. We have a very good cooperation with the Bangladesh authorities. I will be meeting the Bangladesh President and the Prime Minister.”

She also spoke about pending issues of border enclave and fishermen. WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee has talked with the Union External Affairs Minister. She said, “We have requested the Center to prepare a rehabilitation package for the people living in the border enclave. Due to crossing of geographical boundaries, fishermen from both India and Bangladesh get arrested. We have been releasing the Bangladeshis, mostly fishermen, held as prisoners from time to time. Bangladeshi Government is also reciprocating.”


“West Bengal will act as bridge for cultural exchange between Bangladesh and India. In West Bengal we celebrate the Bhasa Divas by paying respect to all languages. I pay my tributes to “Bhasha Shahids” she added.


CM Ms Mamata Banerjee will be leaving for Dhaka later today. She has been invited as the chief guest of “Bhasa Divas” ceremony at the Central Shaheed Minar.


WB CM to visit Bangladesh today to attend ‘Bhasha Dibas’

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee will be leaving for Bangladesh today to attend the “Bhasa Divas” celebration at Dhaka on February, 21.

She will be accompanied by a team of Ministers, MPs, bureaucrats, industrialists and distinguished personalities from the cultural world. She has been invited as the Chief Guest for the celebration of “Bhasa Divas” at the Central Shaheed Minar, Dhaka to pay homage to the martyrs of the language movement.

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee is expected to attend a business meet organised by the India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in association with the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Indian Chambers of Commerce, Kolkata.

While addressing the media regarding her visit, WB CM said that she hoped this visit will strengthen the ties between Bangladesh and West Bengal. “There should be stronger cultural ties between the two Bengals. Hope this trip will make our bond stronger,” she added.

WB CM also said that the State Government will build a replica of the Bhasha Shahid Smarak in Kolkata near Birla Planetorium. The foundation stone will be laid today.



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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.