Mayor Cllr. Jyotsna Islam of Redbridge and her Consort Cllr. Sham Islam hosted a get-together in her parlour on 25th July. The newly elected Mayor, Anuwar Chowdhury of Sylhet City Corporation, was also invited, along with Bengali councillors, Leader of the council Cllr. Jas Athwal, and community leaders and activists. According to Mayor Jyotsna Islam of the London Borough of Redbridge, the event was called the “Mayor to Mayor” reception.
I am extremely proud of Anwar Chowdhury’s election as the mayor of Sylhet City Corporation, which holds historical significance. It is noteworthy that he resides in Redbridge, which is my council constituency. Moreover, he is the first mayor of Sylhet to be elected from England. In contrast, I take pride in being the first mayor of Redbridge to be of Bengali descent. I urge everyone to pray that Allah Almighty blesses us with the strength and endurance to fulfil our duties as mayors and bring honour to our community.
We are so proud of Anwar Chowdhury not because of his historic win of Sylhet City Corporation as a Mayor but because he has been a resident of my council ward member for many years, according to the Mayor of Sylhet, Cllr. Jyotsna Isam, not only was he the first person of Bengali ancestry to become Mayor of Redbridge, but he was also the first person from England to hold that position.
It is clear that Mayor Cllr. Jyotsna Islam intends to build bridges with Bangladesh and establish an open platform for mutual learning. This is evident from her second invitation to the Redbridge Mayor Parlour as a Bangladeshi Mayor. The first Mayor and Deputy-Mayor of Manikgonj were elected in June, and now there is a new Mayor in Sylhet. This showcases her deep concern for both countries.
Throughout the conversation, the newly elected Mayor of Sylhet was presented with a wide range of questions, concerns, and suggestions. Such as a tourism hub; a cleaner and greener city; decreased pollution; increased tree cultivation; and so forth.