Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsha Vardhan Shringla ruled out a rumour that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit slated for mid February has been delayed.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's India tour has not been delayed, rather no date has been fixed yet, he said, adding “First we have to fix a date for the tour with the approval of both the countries.”
He was addressing a function in the capital on the 68th Republic Day of India held at its High Commission premises in Dhaka on Thursday.
Shringla inaugurated the function hoisting the national flag of India at 9:00am. He also read out the message of the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee marking the day.
The Indian envoy also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Dhaka invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to New Delhi. The either countries are taking all-out preparations centring the visit.
Shringla termed the Republic Day very important due to the fact that India emerged as a people’s Republic on this day in 1950. The Constitution of India came into force on the day in 1950.
Drawing an analogy between the democratic characteristic in two countries, he said India and Bangladesh both have progressive democracy.
“Both the countries believe in constitution, liberal democracy, diverse culture and freedom of speech. We are also independent in our position and we are moving at the same pace in contributing to the global economic growth,” he added.
Shringla also spoke on the need for using potentials of the young generation in nation building. He said it is the youths who would take the countries forward.
Apart from Dhaka, similar programmes were also held in other parts of the country in observance of the Republic Day of India.
Children performed dance while Indian Army band group presented a special performance towards the last part of the cultural programme.