BJP chief JP Nadda meets Bangladesh Awami League delegation, discuss ties
BJP chief JP Nadda said they discussed ways to enhance party-to-party interaction and shared the BJP’s functioning, vision, and contribution
NEW DELHI: A visiting delegation of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League party met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda on Monday and discussed issues such as bilateral relations and measures to curb militancy.
Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, a member of Awami League’s presidium and the agriculture minister, is heading the five-member delegation that includes party joint general secretary and information and broadcasting minister Hasan Mahmud, party organising secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, and women MPs Aroma Dutta and Marina Jahan.
Nadda said at the meeting held at his residence that the BJP and the Awami League will work for the greater interest of the region, according to a statement from the Bangladesh high commission.
“The BJP has a historic relation with the Awami League since long and we want to carry forward our relations by strengthening party-level contacts in the days to come,” Nadda was quoted as saying to the Awami League delegation.
Among issues discussed at the meeting were political stability in the region, curbing militancy, Bangladesh’s economic development and India-Bangladesh ties, the statement said.
Nadda described India’s ties with Bangladesh from the inception of the neighbouring country in 1971 as historic and emotional. These relations reached new heights under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, he added.
In this context, Nadda noted that long-standing land and maritime boundary disputes and the crisis in India’s northeastern states were addressed during the tenure of the two prime ministers. He further said the crisis in India’s northeastern states were “solved due to the proactive initiative” of the Awami League government.
Bangladesh’s successes in socio-economic sectors are considered an example for other countries in the region, he added.
Mahmud said after the meeting, which lasted more than 90 minutes, that the Awami League and the BJP enjoy very good relations and both parties played a role in resolving outstanding issues through discussions.
The Awami League delegation also held a formal meeting at BJP headquarters with a team led by party general secretary Vinod Tawde. The two parties discussed ways to strengthen relations, including the exchange of delegations.
The delegation also met external affairs minister S Jaishankar at Parliament House and discussed various issues.
The Awami League team is visiting the country during August 6-9 under the “Know the BJP” initiative.