Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday said the second Bangladesh-India railway service will be inaugurated on November 9.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Premier Narendra Modi are expected to launch the railway communication between Khulna and Kolkata from their respective offices, he said.
Shringla was addressing a meeting marking the 141st birth anniversary of India’s first deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel organised by Bangladesh-India Maitri Samity at CIRDAP auditorium at Topkhana Road in the city.
Recalling Patel’s contribution, the High Commissioner said: “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is the symbol of unity in the history of the Indian subcontinent. He unified more than 565 princely states. He motivated the community to get united.”
He informed that the India has been observing the anniversary of the icon as ‘National Unity Day’ for his contribution to developing democratic India.
Addressing the event as the chief guest, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu laid emphasis on spreading the ideology of Vallabhbhai Patel among young generation to promote unity.
“We all know the contribution of some heroes, including Vallabhbhai, to the establishment of democratic culture in India. He is the introducer of modern administration in India,” Amu said.
He also underscored the need for taking the Bangladesh-India relationship to new heights.
“After assassination of Bangabandhu, the bilateral relationship deteriorated, as the military seized power,” he said.