Congress top brass meets Bangladesh PM Hasina in Delhi

The meeting at Hasina’s hotel saw Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former party president Rahul Gandhi, and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra engage with the visiting Bangladeshi premier.

In a diplomacy outreach, the top leaders of India’s principal opposition party Congress met with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi on Monday afternoon.

The meeting at Hasina’s hotel saw Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former party president Rahul Gandhi, and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra engage with the visiting Bangladeshi premier.

Such meetings between opposition leaders and foreign dignitaries are a norm in Indian politics, allowing diverse voices to be heard on matters of bilateral and regional importance.

However, no specific details about what transpired in the meeting were officially provided by either side. The closed-door engagement lasted around an hour.

While Congress is currently not in power at the centre, it remains an influential political force in India. As the principal opposition party, its leadership’s engagement with a neighbour like Bangladesh holds significance.

India and Bangladesh share deep cultural, economic, and people-to-people ties that have strengthened over the decades, transcending political regimes in either country. The two nations have also collaborated closely on issues like security, connectivity, and more recently the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Earlier this week, Hasina held official talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended the oath ceremony yesterday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Her visit comes ahead of Bangladesh’s general elections slated for early next year.

For her part, Sonia Gandhi has maintained Congress’ tradition of active participation in India’s regional diplomacy, having regularly met visiting foreign leaders over the decades.

Monday’s engagement allows the Congress top brass to convey their perspectives directly to Hasina and demonstrate their party’s commitment to the vital India-Bangladesh relationship going forward.