Bhubaneswar, Sep 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday appreciated the support provided by his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee to Haj pilgrims from Odisha at the embarkation point in Kolkata.
“I will like to place on record my deep gratitude for all the outstanding arrangements for our Haj pilgrims which have been personally supervised by you. I specially appreciate the sincere efforts undertaken by Haji Shaikh Nurul Islam, the Chairman of the West Bengal State Haj Committee, and his entire team, in this regard,” said the Chief Minister in a letter to Banerjee.
“I am sure your efforts will expedite not only the effective mainstreaming of the minorities of our society, but also facilitate the path for cooperative federalism in our country,” said the Chief Minister.
Patnaik said he is looking forward to such cooperation in future.
“All the Haj pilgrims of our state have highly appreciated the courtesies extended to them and excellent arrangements made for their transportation, accommodation and collection of foreign exchange by your government,” said the Odisha Chief Minister.
“This is in keeping with the highest traditions of the culture and hospitality of your state and its people, and this deserves accolades,” said Patnaik.