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Quader: No Bangladeshi intruded into India after 1971

  • Published at 07:32 pm September 3rd, 2019
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'Not a single Bangladeshi intruded into India after 1971 and Bangladesh has nothing to worry over Assam situation,' said Quader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has claimed that Bangladesh has nothing to worry about the Assam situation as no Bangladeshi citizen intruded into India after 1971.

"Not a single Bangladeshi intruded into India after 1971 and Bangladesh has nothing to worry over Assam situation," Quader said while speaking at a press briefing after the secretariat level meeting at Awami League's president's political office at Dhaka’s Dhanmondi on Tuesday.

Quader, also the roads, transport and bridges minister, added: "We have learned from the Indian government that people, who were excluded from NRC lists, will get four months to appeal for their names  to included in the NRC list."

Claiming that the Rohingya and Assam situation were not the same, the minister also informed that among the 1.9 people excluded in Assam’s NRC list, around sixty percent are Hindus while the rest Muslims. 

"Even the Indian government did not say anything about displacing the excluded people," he added.

The minister also said that Bangladesh will boost up all kinds of initiatives, including the diplomatic process to mount pressure on Myanmar to take their citizens back.

Show cause letter for rebel candidates 

Quader said a decision has been taken to send show-cause letters to rebel candidates, who contested the upazila elections against party-nominated candidates, and those who patronized them. 

"We had decided to send the letters earlier but could not do so in August, as it was the month of mourning. We will start sending show cause letters to rebel candidates from September 8," said Quader.

Rebel candidates and those who patronized them will be asked to show reasons that why punitive action should not be taken against them for violating party discipline, he added.

The minister also said decisions regarding national council and councils of units across the country may be taken during the working committee meeting, scheduled to be held on September 14.

Among others, Awami League joint general secretaries Mahabubul Alam Hanif, Abdur Rahman, organizing secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Enamul Haque Shamim, BM Mozammel, social welfare and relief affairs secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, were present at the meeting.