Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called Indian premier Narendra Modi and extended heartiest congratulations to him on his party’s landslide victory in the general elections.
The PM phoned her Indian counterpart at 5:30pm and extended heartiest congratula-tions to him, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS.
“On behalf of the government and the people of Bangladesh, my party and family, I extend my heartiest congratulations to you on the resounding victory of the National Democratic Alliance, led by Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP], under your dynamic leadership in the 17th Lok Sabha elections in India,” she told Modi.
During the over five-minute telephonic conversation, Hasina said the emphatic verdict was a reflection of the trust and confidence reposed in Modi by the people of India.
Describing the victory as a historic one, the PM said the people of South Asia would be happy over this win and they could work together.
She invited Modi to visit Bangladesh and wished him success and good health, the press secretary said.
Earlier, Hasina in a congratulatory message to Modi said Bangladesh attaches highest importance to its multi-faceted relations with India which is driven by genuine good-will, mutual trust and respect.
She said India’s critical role in support of Bangladesh’s Liberation War under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1971 was a watershed moment in the relations.
“I strongly believe that with the renewed mandate given to both of us by our respective peoples, Bangladesh-India ties, which have already been termed a role model of good neighbourliness, will be further consolidated and our relations will scale newer heights,” Hasina said.
The PM wished the people of India peace, happiness and prosperity.
Hasina said she looked forward to welcoming Modi in Bangladesh at his convenience.