Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, returns home after a fairly long trip to India. She has been welcomed in Bangladesh with flowers and applause. The Prime Minister considers this trip to be very successful and hopes for a better future for Indo-Bangladesh relationship.
The Prime Minister says this trip has not only brought optimism to India and Bangladesh, but it would also have a good effect on the entire subcontinent. She says Bangladesh will gain the most from this exchange. She speaks about the Tipaimukh Dam and treaties with India regarding river sharing, railway development, and other issues. She says that she has invited Indian industrialists to increase trade with Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina also speaks about receiving the prestigious Indira Gandhi Peace Award. When asked about terrorist activities in Bangladesh, she says that Pakistan should receive this question, not Bangladesh or India.
Despite the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm, BNP has called the trip unsuccessful and BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia called an urgent meeting to discuss the outcome.
Our VOA correspondents Matiur Rahman Chowdhury from Dhaka and Paramashish Ghosh Roy from Kolkata have more on this.