Sonia, Rahul, and Priyanka Gandhi call on PM in Delhi

The Report Desk

Published: June 11, 2024, 11:11 AM

Sonia, Rahul, and Priyanka Gandhi call on PM in Delhi

Photo: X

In a significant marker of the bipartisan support or goodwill she enjoys within the Indian political firmament, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met with the three senior leaders of the Congress party - Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi - on the last day of her trip to participate at the swearing in ceremony of their BJP rival Narendra Modi on Monday .

The meeting, held at the Bangladesh High Commission premises in New Delhi, brought together Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, marking another chapter in the long-standing relationship between the Hasina and Gandhi families - going back to at least August 1975, when Indira Gandhi as Indian prime minister took in the two surviving daughters of Bangladesh‍‍`s slain president, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at a time when all doors were closing on them.

The discussions covered a wide range of topics aimed at bolstering the India-Bangladesh relationship, emphasizing trust, cooperation, and a shared commitment to mutual growth. Both sides expressed their dedication to furthering the strong historical ties and working towards a prosperous future for both nations, according to Congress’ X handle.

The Congress handle on X shared a short video of Hasina welcoming her guests, with warm embraces all around. The Gandhis are on a high after dragging Congress back into contention in election results announced last week, and here was an old and trusted friend to share in their sense of revival.

Prime Minister Hasina’s visit to India underscores the importance of the bilateral relationship, and her meeting with the Gandhi family highlights the personal connections that have long supported diplomatic ties. The Gandhi family has maintained a close relationship with Sheikh Hasina, reflecting a bond that transcends politics and speaks to a shared legacy of leadership and collaboration.

As both countries continue to navigate regional and global challenges, the discussions today reaffirmed the importance of India-Bangladesh cooperation in achieving sustainable development and regional stability.

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