Hasina invites Sonia, Mamata and Amit Shah to attend Awami League’s National Council

Arindam Sarkar, Kolkata: For the first time, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has invited AICC

chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Trinamool Congress chairperson and chief minister Mamata Banerjee and BJP national president Amit Shah to attend the National Council of Awami League in Dhaka on October 22 and 23.
The last National Council of Awami League was held in December 2012.
While the Congress and Trinamool have selected the delegates going to represent their party in Dhaka, the BJP is mum about it. It has neither confirmed the invitation nor does it say whether it is going to participate in the Awami League’s National Council that is being held after four years.
Sonia Gandhi is sending the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Rajya Sabha MP Pradip Bhattacharya and Lok Sabha MP Mausam Benazir Noor to Dhaka. Mamata has selected party’s secretary general and education minister Partha Chatterjee to represent her in the meet.“Prime Minister Indira Gandhi helped in the liberation and creation of Bangladesh. Historically, there is a strong tie between Awami League and the Congress. So this invitation is appreciated,” said Pradip Bhattacharya.
“My CM will brief me on our party’s stand at the National Council and I will convey it to the leaders of Bangladesh,” said Partha Chatterjee. Although Mamata has not yet agreed to share River Teesta with Bangladesh, last year she signed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina the long-pending Land Boundary Agreement in Dhaka, which settled the exchange of enclaves between the two countries.
In fact, Indian political parties have appreciated Awami League chairperson Sheikh Hasina’s invitation because it comes at a time, when Bangladesh under her leadership has strongly supported India against terrorism, fundamentalism and Pakistan’s proxy-war. After India boycotted the SAARC Summit in Islamabad last month, following the Uri attack, Dhaka also backed out immediately.
The Awami League’s National Council apart from discussing the domestic policies of Bangladesh, will give special emphasis to improving bilateral relations with India, and strongly oppose the growing fundamentalism and terrorism in the subcontinent.
But what is the position of the BJP? According to BJP national secretary Siddhartha Nath Singh, the central leadership has not selected any delegation for the Dhaka meet. “I am not aware of it,” he said.Probably, BJP’s strong stand on stopping of infiltration from Bangladesh and cow smuggling, and demand to seal the porous border, is making the party hesitate to go to Dhaka.