Bohra community leaders meet PM Modi in Dhaka, thank India for Covid-19 vaccine

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Members of the Bohra community met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Bangladesh visit and thanked India for providing the country with Covid-19 vaccines in a timely manner.

Dawoodi Bohra community members in Bangladesh welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Dhaka on Friday. (Photo: ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met leaders of the Bohra community in Dhaka on Friday during his two-day Bangladesh visit.

The delegation was led by Qaiyum Deesawala, secretary of Anjuman-e-Jamaat, and was greeted "very warmly" by the prime minister.

Speaking about the meeting, Qaiyum Deesawala said PM Modi spoke with him and other members of the delegation in Gujarati.

"We greeted the prime minister. We are very happy with the visit. He was so humble. He got off the red carpet and met the public. He met us and spoke to us in Gujarati. We would like to send our greetings to Syedna Saheb in India," Qaiyum Deesawala said.

Syedna Saheb is the spiritual guru of the Dawoodi Bohra community. He is based out of Gujarat.

Shiekh Qaid Johar, an Indian citizen and representative of Syedna Saheb in Dhaka, was also part of the delegation.

On behalf of the Bohra community members, he requested PM Modi to help facilitate his (Syedna Saheb's) visit to Dhaka.

"I have come here representing Syedna Saheb. It is the 50th National Day of Bangladesh. All Bohra community brothers are of Gujarati origin but are Bangladesh citizens. India played a very important role in the independence of Bangladesh. We are very happy that the Indian PM has come to take part in these celebrations," he said.

"For 30 years, Syedna Saheb has not visited Bangladesh. The Bohra community here eagerly awaits his visit. We requested the prime minister to put forth our request to the Bangladesh government so that his visit can be facilitated. PM Modi agreed to this," he added

The delegation also thanked Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the arrangements and the warm reception accorded to the Indian premier. It also thanked India for the Covid-19 vaccines provided to Bangladesh in a timely manner.

"We would like to thank the people of India, the government of India and Modi ji for sending the vaccine at the right time. We needed it very badly. That was a great gesture," one of the members said.

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