Modi is set to visit Bangladesh on March 26 and 27 at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
In addition to the Bangabandhu Memorial in Tungipara, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Orakandi, a sacred shrine of the “Matua” community in Gopalganj and “Satipith” in Shikarpur, Barisal during his upcoming Bangladesh visit.
Modi is set to visit Bangladesh on March 26 and 27 at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to join the 50th anniversary celebration of the Independence of Bangladesh, the Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu and the 50th year of Bangladesh-India diplomatic ties.
The Indian premier also plans to visit Bangabandhu memorial in Tungipara to pay homage to Bangladesh’s Founding Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 27 and on the same day, he is expected to visit the Orakandi temple and “Satipith”.
Diplomatic sources said if everything goes well, PM Modi is likely to visit Orkandi Temple to pay homage to Harichand Thakur, the founder of the “Matua” community and “Sugandha Shaktipith” (Satipith) in Shikarpur under the Barisal district.
The sources, requesting to remain anonymous, said that PM Modi would also like to visit Rabindra Kuthi Bari in Kushtia and the ancestral home of Bagha Jatin, a revolutionary leader against the British rule, in Kushtia.
An official from the Bangladesh mission said that "it was almost certain that the Indian PM is visiting Orkandi Temple but his visit to “Satipith” and other areas are not confirmed yet, although discussion is high regarding the visit."
He added that separate groups of Indian High Commission officers in Dhaka and Bangladesh, including security personnel, have already visited these areas to examine the security situation there ahead of the high profile visit.
However, media reports have said that Modi would pay a visit to the Orakandi temple to win over the “Matua” community voters ahead of the West Bengal state government polls, scheduled to begin on March 27. The state assembly election will be held in eight phases.
The “Matua” community votes are believed to be a decisive factor in the North 24-Parganas and Nadia district as the BJP and TMC (Trinamool Congress) are involved in a huge tussle to win over the voters there.
Apart from this, Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jay Shankar will visit Dhaka tomorrow to set agendas regarding the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh.
According to the prime minister's visit schedule, he will arrive in Dhaka on March 26 by a special aircraft and will leave Dhaka for New Delhi on the next day (March 27), after wrapping-up his 2-day Dhaka visit. It will be Modi's first foreign visit after the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the first day of his visit (March 26), the Indian PM will join the celebration programs with other dignitaries, and on the next day, he will hold a summit with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, according to Bangladesh high commissioner sources.