Dhaka, September 2
Bangladesh on Wednesday noticed state mourning in honour of its “real friend” Pranab Mukherjee, recalling the previous Indian president’s “outstanding and unforgettable” contributions to the nation’s 1971 Liberation War and strengthening of bilateral relations.
All authorities, semi-government, autonomous and personal establishments and Bangladesh missions overseas saved the nationwide flag at half-mast in observance of the mourning day.
Mukherjee, 84, died on Monday in New Delhi following a 21-day battle with a number of illnesses. The former president was cremated with full state honours on Tuesday.
The Bangladesh authorities on Tuesday introduced that it’s going to observe a one-day state mourning on the demise of the nation’s “real friend”.
The authorities in a press release urged locations of worship of various faiths to rearrange particular prayers for Mukherjee.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina despatched a letter to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, saying as a famend scholar and statesman of India, and a extremely esteemed chief of South Asia, Mukherjee commanded the respect and admiration of all.
She mentioned ‘Bharat Ratna’ Mukherjee’s tireless work for the welfare of the individuals of India will encourage the long run era of leaders not solely in India however throughout nations within the area.
Hasina known as Mukherjee a “true friend” and mentioned that “he was always been highly revered and loved by the people of Bangladesh” recalling his assist and contribution in strengthening bilateral relations.
In 2013, Bangladesh conferred the honour of ‘Bangladesh Muktijuddho Sommanona’ (Liberation War Honour) on Mukherjee for his precious contribution to its 1971 Liberation War. Hasina additionally known as Mukherjee a “true friend” of Bangladesh and a guardian-like determine to her household.
“The news of Mukherjee’s demise deeply saddened her . . . she became emotional and nostalgic as she reminisced her many memories with him,” state-run BSS information company reported, quoting the premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim.
Hasina mentioned Mukherjee all the time prolonged her cooperation to her household whereas they had been in exile in India after the assassination of her father and Bangladesh’s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975 together with most of his relations.
“In such a bad time Mukherjee always enquired about my family and stood beside us in any of our necessity,” Hasina mentioned, including she additionally drew his cooperation and encouragement even after her return to Bangladesh.
“He was our guardian and family friend and he always provided courage to us in any crisis,” she mentioned.
The prime minister mentioned with Mukherjee’s demise, India misplaced a realized and patriotic chief, whereas Bangladesh misplaced a really expensive individual.
“He will remain alive as a glittering star in the politics of the sub continent,” she mentioned.
Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and premier Hasina earlier expressed sorrow over Mukherjee’s demise, describing him as a “true friend” and recalling his “outstanding and unforgettable” contributions to the nation’s 1971 Liberation War.
“His demise has caused an irreparable loss to the political arena of the sub-continent,” Hamid mentioned.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Md Imran on Tuesday positioned two separate wreaths on behalf of Prime Minister Hasina and Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen earlier than Mukherjee’s portrait at his residence in New Delhi.
The envoy additionally handed over a message of condolence and tributes from Hasina to Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha.
Bangladesh’s Delhi mission will maintain a particular condolence assembly on Thursday afternoon for Mukherjee, who performed a stellar function for the reason for an impartial Bangladesh and its worldwide recognition.
Parliamentary speaker Shirin Sharmin Choudhury, important parliamentary opposition Jatiya Party chief GM Quader and senior ministers additionally mourned Mukherjee’s demise. –PTI