Brothers and sisters of Chhit Mahal are free again: WB CM

The historic Land Boundary Agreement Treaty was signed between India and Bangladesh today at Dhaka in the august presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Indian Prime Minister.

On the historic occasion, WB CM flagged off bus services between Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Guwahati-Shillong, along with the Bangladesh Prime Minister and Indian PM.

Later, she posted on her Facebook and Twitter pages:

“স্বাধীনতার ৬৮ বছর পরে আমার ছিট্ মহলের ভাই বোনেরা নতুন করে স্বাধীন হল। সবাইকে জানাই অভিনন্দন 

68 years after independence, brothers and sisters of Chhitmahal have become free again. My best wishes to all.”

Mamata Banerjee gets warm welcome in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extended a royal welcome to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as she arrived in Dhaka last night.

From the moment Ms Banerjee’s Air India Flight entered Bangladesh on Friday evening, it was declared a VIP plane. The pilot stepped out of the cockpit to announce he had just received instructions to that effect.

Soon after her arrival, PM Sheikh Hasina telephoned Ms Banerjee to welcome her and exchanged pleasantries.

Ms Banerjee is scheduled to participate in two functions – the flagging off of the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus service and the signing of the Land Boundary Agreement.

Mamata Banerjee had visited Dhaka in February this year.

After landing in Dhaka, WB CM tweeted:

Thank you for the warm hospitality: WB CM to Bangladesh

West Bengal CM Ms Mamata Banerjee today thanked the Bangladesh Government and the people of Bangladesh for the warm hospitality and reception. WB CM referred Sheikh Hasina as her elder sister and thanked for the warmth and grace shown towards her.  She will be returning to Kolkata later today. Bangladesh Prime Minister hosted a lunch for the WB CM. WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee was invited as the chief guest for the Bhasa Divas celebrations at Dhaka.

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee termed this visit as a “meeting of hearts” and also called this as “constructive, positive and historic”. She also extended an invitation to The Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina to visit West Bengal.


This is what she posted on Twitter:






























WB CM meets Bangladesh PM at Ganabhavan, Dhaka

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee visited Ganabhaban earlier today to meet Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The West Bengal Chief Minister was there to attend a luncheon hosted in her honour. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed bilateral issues.

WB CM will join a conference organised by the entrepreneurs of Bangladesh and the West Bengal later today.

Improving the trade relations between the two neighboring countries, especially with Dhaka and West Bengal, will be discussed in the conference.

Later, the West Bengal Chief Minister will meet Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at the state guest house Jamuna.

The WB Chief Minister and her delegation will leave Dhaka tonight.

The West Bengal Chief Minister also paid homage to the Bhasha Shahids at the Central Shaheed Minar in the early hours of Saturday.

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.