“Padma Bridge to strengthen Bangladesh-West Bengal ties”: PM invites Mamata
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has invited West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Bangladesh.
"Padma Bridge is expected to strengthen bilateral ties between Bangladesh and West Bengal, or rather entire India, and open up new avenues for bilateral trade between the two countries," PM Sheikh Hasina said in a letter to Mamata.
In the communique, Hasina mentioned that people of Bangladesh have a close connection with the people of West Bengal.
"I invite you to come to Bangladesh at a time of your convenience. I hope to have an opportunity to meet you during my scheduled visit to New Delhi in September this year. Language, culture and ideological similarities are the binding forces between the two Bengals and there is no alternative to strengthen these existing relationships," she wrote.
PM inaugurated the Padma Bridge on June 25 and said that the government-funded mega project belonged to the people of the nation.
In a short speech before the inauguration, she said: "I have no complaints against anyone, but I reckon those who opposed the Padma Bridge construction plan and called it a 'pipe dream' lack self-confidence. I hope this bridge will boost their confidence."
She said the project is a symbol of Bangladesh's pride, honour and ability.