President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday left here for New Delhi to join Indian Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s swearing-in event for his new term. A special flight (BG 1513) of Bangladesh Biman Airlines carrying the President took off from Hazrat Shahajal International Airport at 5:30pm. Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Deputy High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Bishwadip Dey, Cabinet Secretary, the chiefs of the three services, the dean of the diplomatic corps and high civil and military officials were present at the airport to see the President off. Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs of India and High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India will receive the President at the Palam Airport of New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was reelected with a thumping majority for a second term, will take oath at India’s Rashtrapati Bhavan at 7pm on Thursday (local time). The oath-taking ceremony will be attended by leaders of Bimstec member countries. Bimstec or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation is a regional grouping of countries on the rim of the Bay of Bengal which include Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to meet President Abdul Hamid at Hyderabad House.