Delicious hilsa set to reach Mamata’s kitchen as Hasina’s gift

Delicious hilsa set to reach Mamata’s kitchen as Hasina’s gift

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Dhaka-Coming out from the traditional diplomacy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday sent a 20-kg consignment of Padma hilsa to Kolkata for Mamata Banerjee, just a day ahead of her swearing-in as West Bengal Chief Minister.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in Japan, to attend the G7 outreach programme, sent the hilsa consignment which is described by the Indian media as ‘Hilsa Diplomacy’ and an effort to strengthen Dhaka-Kolkata friendship.
Veteran Awami League leader and Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu will represent Bangladesh at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s swearing-in ceremony, said Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali.
Amu already left here for Kolkata on Thursday evening to attend the swearing-in ceremony to be held Red Road of Kolkata on Friday, said an official at the Industries Ministry.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam confirmed UNB that hilsa and a piece of Jamdani saree, a popular item in India, were sent for Mamata on behalf of the Prime Minister.
“Hasina, by sending together Hilsa and Industries Minister, is trying to give a message of Dhaka-Kolkata friendship and its flourishment,” reports Anandabazar Patrika, India’s leading Bangla newspaper, quoting a diplomat as saying.
Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata Zokey Ahad will also attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Representatives of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over the hilsa consignment to Mamata, the report reads.
Quoting immigration officials at the Kolkata airport, it said they cannot remember whether such big consignment of hilsa as gift went through them in the past though various personalities in Kolkata got hilsa as gift from Hasina.
Quoting a former Indian diplomat, the report said, “Hasina actually reminds Didi (Mamata) about Teesta water through sending hilsa.”
Asked whether settling long-pending Teesta water-sharing deal will get complicated following Mamata’s second consecutive win, the Foreign Minister on Wednesday said there should have been positive thinking regarding the matter. “We want to see its settlement.”
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was invited to attend Mamata’s swearing-in function as West Bengal chief minister for a second term.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart are among the high-profile personalities invited to the swearing-in ceremony.
The minister is expected to return home on Friday night.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Ali conveyed the heartiest congratulations on the consecutive second victory of the ruling Trinamool Congress in the recently held West Bengal Bidhan Sabha elections.
“This is an apt recognition of your pro-poor and pro-development policies, and your dedication for betterment of the people of West Bengal,” he said in a message to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
As the relationship expands in depth and dimension, the Foreign Minister said, “We’re confident that during your upcoming term, we would be able to further strengthen our relations.”

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