Bangladesh bewildered by the death of ‘genuine friend’ Pranab Mukherjee, state mourning on Wednesday

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The Prime Minister of Bangladesh wished peace to his departed soul and extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members.

Bangladesh mourns the death of former President Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee. One condolence message after another has come from Dhaka since Monday evening. From the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wazed to the Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, the Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, all in their condolence messages referred to Pranab Mukherjee as the ‘genuine friend’ of Bangladesh. A spokesman for the Bangladesh government said a state mourning would be held in the country next Wednesday to pay homage to the memory of the late President.

In a condolence message on Monday, Sheikh Hasina said the unique contribution of Pranab Mukherjee as a politician and our best friend in the great liberation war of Bangladesh will never be forgotten. I always remember with respect his outstanding contribution to the liberation war.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh further said that Pranab Mukherjee has always supported us while he was in exile in India after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15 August 1975. He would take care of my family during such difficult times and would come and stand by my younger sister Sheikh Rehana and us in case of any need. Even after returning to the country, Pranab Mukherjee has given support and encouragement. He is our guardian and family friend. He has given courage in any crisis.

Sheikh Hasina said in the death of Pranab Mukherjee, India lost a wise and patriotic leader and Bangladesh lost a loved one. He will survive as a shining star in the politics of the subcontinent.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh wished peace to his departed soul and extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members.

Foreign Minister of Bangladesh AK Abdul Momen has reminisced about Pranab Mukherjee. He said Pranab Mukherjee was a true friend of Bangladesh. From the beginning of Bangladesh, he has always held a special place in the hearts of the people of this country for his commitment to the well-being of Bangladesh, peace and development. ”

Referring to his personal relationship with Pranab Mukherjee, Momen said he had the opportunity to come in contact with Pranab Mukherjee when he was India’s Minister of State for Commerce in 1973-1974. When he came to Dhaka at that time, he had the opportunity to go to different places in the city.

Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, Speaker of the National Assembly of Bangladesh, expressed her condolences in memory of Pranab. She said that with the death of Pranab Mukherjee, India lost a wise and patriotic leader and Bangladesh lost a loved one. He will survive as a shining star in the politics of the subcontinent.

Bangladesh government chief spokesperson Surath Kumar Sarkar said on Monday night, “Bangladesh will mourn the death of Pranab Mukherjee, the first Bengali president of India and a true friend of Bangladesh. The national flag will be flown at half-mast at all institutions in Bangladesh on Wednesday.”