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Quader: Govt not embarrassed over protest against PM Modi

  • Published at 05:46 pm March 2nd, 2020
File photo of Awami League General Secretary Obaidul QuaderMahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Modi is scheduled to visit Bangladesh on March 17 to attend the celebration of Mujib Year

Indian Prime Minister Naredra Modi is scheduled to visit Bangladesh to attend Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary program “Mujib Year” on March 17, at the invitation of the Bangladesh government.

However, different political parties have been protesting so that he (Modi) does not come to Bangladesh, as Muslims are being victimized by the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in India.

While commenting on the matter on Monday, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said: “People of Bangladesh are friendly. No violent situation will arise in Bangladesh regarding the visit of the Indian prime minister.

“The government is not embarrassed over the protest of political parties,” Quader said.

"We are going to hold a mega program. India played the biggest role during our Liberation War," Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges minister, said.

The enactment of the CAA by the Indian government late last year triggered widespread protests across India, but the latest one in Delhi turned most violent. 

The CAA created a pathway for Indian citizenship to the illegal migrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, but not for the Muslims. Critics say the CAA violates India's secular constitution.

Quader further said: “Though some political identities have seen the Indian violence from a religious point of view,  the Indian foreign secretary has already cleared that it is not because of religious issues.”

“However, we have taken all security measures as that is big event [Mujib year celebration] for the country,” he added.

When asked whether the Teesta deal and illegal border killings would be discussed during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s meeting with Modi, Quader said: “All of the bilateral issues will be discussed in the meeting.

“The Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said the NRC and CAA will have no impact on Bangladesh. 

"These are purely internal matters of India,” Quader added.