Modi hoping to kill two birds with one stone

This week PM Modi is engaging Bangladesh, wishing he can recover India’s conventional impact that has been lost lately. Also, he’s hoping to sway Matua Community which holds sway over 40-45 seats in the upcoming West Bengal State Elections by visiting their shrines in Bangladesh.

When the anti-CAA protest began in India in 2019, a great deal was said that hurt individuals of Bangladesh. The Modi government has been putting forth attempts to address that in recent years. Today on 26th March 2021, PM Modi is on a 2-day visit to Dhaka to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence and the 101st birth anniversary of its founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Narendra Modi is conferring the Gandhi Peace Prize on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman posthumously as a very big gesture. Modi’s visit and the award are an affirmation of the goodwill of individuals of Bangladesh, gratitude to Sheikh Hasina, and to soothe individuals of the country that the BJPRSS government isn’t threatening to Bangladesh.

Dressing up in a Mujib Jacket, Modi said, “The freedom struggle of Bangladesh was a significant moment in my journey too. My colleagues and I had done a satyagraha in India. I was in my early twenties. I even had the opportunity to go to jail during this satyagraha for Bangladesh’s struggle for freedom.” Modi on Friday extended an invitation to 50 entrepreneurs from Bangladesh to visit India to join the country’s start-up and innovation ecosystem and meet India’s venture capitalists. “For both of us, the journey of the next 25 years in the 21st century is very important. Our heritage and development are shared,” he stated. He also paid homage to the brave soldiers of the Indian Army “who stood with brothers and sisters of Bangladesh in ‘Muktijuddho’. ” During his address at Bangladesh’s National Day program, PM Modi said: “Today I also salute the brave soldiers of Indian Army who stood with brothers and sisters of Bangladesh in ‘Muktijuddho’. I am happy that many Indian soldiers who participated in the Bangladesh Liberation War are present at this event today. Prime Minister Modi also said, ” India is very happy that Made in India [Covid-19] vaccines are being used by our brothers and sisters of Bangladesh.”

At least four people were killed in the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong on Friday after police fired rubber bullets at protesters during a demonstration against the visit of Modi. Protests against Modi’s visit were also flared in the capital Dhaka, where dozens of people, including two journalists, were injured in clashes with police.

Modi will fly to Satkhira district in Bangladesh’s southern Khulna province to pay obeisance at the Jeshoreshwari Kali temple, regarded sacred in Hinduism, located across the border with the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal in India, which goes to the polls over the following various weeks. Modi will go to Gopalganj to pay his respects at the grave of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahma and have interaction with the large Matua community, the scheduled caste group said to possess impact in 40-45 constituencies within the West Bengal assembly election. Modi and his party think this will woo Matua community voters to their side which will have a decisive impact in the West Bengal state elections.

 

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