Dhaka, April 22: Although the two Bengals are different political entities now, but a strange incident happened last Friday (April 15) in a sub-district in Bangladesh's Tangail district that united the two sides in some way.
According to a report published in Bengali daily Anandabazaar Patrika, people of Ashariachala village in the hilly areas of Ghatail sub-district of Tangail were scared when they saw an object hanging in the sky in the night. Residents of the village, which is home to poultry farming, first thought it as a drone and took shelter at a safe distance.
But when the object came down after sometime, a few of the local people came forward to see it was just a gas balloon with a poster of Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury, a candidate of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) contesting in the election being fought in neighbouring West Bengal! The poster said: "Vote for Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury and help him win".
The balloon and the poster were taken to the village and a lot of people came out to see them.
The distance between Englishbazaar, the constituency of Chowdhury in Malda district which went to polls on April 17, and Ghatail in Tangail district of Bangladesh is 271 kilometres.
The balloon indeed had quite a flight.