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Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka call on PM Hasina at Embassy in Delhi

Politics 2024-06-11, 8:57am


PM Sheikh Hasina with Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka at the Bangladesh embassy in New Delhi on Monday. Photo via UNB

Dhaka, June 11 : In a significant marker of the bipartisan support she enjoys within the Indian political circle, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met with the three senior leaders of the Congress party - Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi - on the last day of her trip to New Delhi marking the swearing in of their BJP rival Narendra Modi on Monday .

The meeting, held at the Bangladesh High Commission premises in New Delhi, brought together Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, reflecting another chapter in the long-standing relationship between the Hasina and Gandhi family - going back to at least August 1975, when Indira Gandhi as Indian prime minister took in the two surviving daughters of Bangladesh's slain president, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at a time when all doors were closing on them.

The discussions covered a wide range of topics aimed at bolstering the India-Bangladesh relationship, emphasizing trust, cooperation, and a shared commitment to mutual growth. Both sides expressed their dedication to furthering the strong historical ties and working towards a prosperous future for both nations, according to Congress’ X handle.

The Congress handle on X shared a short video of Hasina welcoming her guests, with warm embraces all around. The Gandhis are on a high note after pulling Congress back into contention in election results announced last week, and here was an old and trusted friend to share in their sense of revival. 

Prime Minister Hasina’s visit to India underscores the importance of the bilateral relationship, and her meeting with the Gandhi family highlights the personal connections that have long supported diplomatic ties. The Gandhi family has maintained a close relationship with Sheikh Hasina, reflecting a bond that transcends politics and speaks to a shared legacy of leadership and collaboration.

As both countries continue to navigate regional and global challenges, the discussions reaffirmed the importance of India-Bangladesh cooperation in achieving sustainable development and regional stability, reports UNB