India and Bangladesh want stability, love and peace instead of instability, terror and unrest in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he underlined that the two friendly neighbours want to see the world progressing through their own development.
Prime Minister Modi made the remarks while speaking to the Matua community members after offering prayers at their temple in Gopalganj’s Orakandi - the birthplace of Hindu mystic figure and community’s spiritual guru Harichand Thakur.
“Both India and Bangladesh want to see the world progressing through their own development. Both the countries want to see stability, love, and peace instead of instability, terror, and unrest in the world,” Modi said.
Modi said he was waiting for this opportunity for many years and during his visit to Bangladesh in 2015, he had expressed desire to visit Orakandi, which has come true now.
This place is a pilgrimage site for the spiritual relationship between India and Bangladesh, he said. “I was speaking to some people here. They were saying who could have thought that India’s Prime Minister would visit Orakandi,” Modi said, adding that he was feeling the same emotions as felt by the Matua community members in India after coming to Orakandi, from where Harichand Thakur disseminated his pious message.
Orakandi is the abode of Hindu Matua community, a large number of whom are residents of neighbouring West Bengal.
Prime Minister Modi announced that India will upgrade one girls’ middle school and set up a primary school in Orakandi.
Analysts said Modi’s planned temple visits carry a political significance at the time of the ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by BJP MP from West Bengal Shantanu Thakur during his visit to Orakandi.
The Matua community’s vote may determine the winner in some seats in the elections to the West Bengal state assembly, the first phase of which began on Saturday.