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Quader: Priya Saha to account for her remarks

Saha made false, purposeful, and irresponsible remarks

Update : 22 Jul 2019, 07:25 PM

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the government would delve deeper into the controversial remarks of Priya Saha, who complained of minority oppression in Bangladesh to US President Donald Trump.

The government would decide the next course of action after a full, and thorough investigation.     

Talking to reporters at the Secretariat on Monday, Obaidul Quader, who is also the general secretary of the governing Awami League said that the government does not want to use what he described a 'sledgehammer' to contain controversies surrounding an alleged remark of repression against minorities in Bangladesh.

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Priya Saha, an organising secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, attended a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC on July 19. 

After identifying herself as a Bangladeshi, she was seen telling president Trump, among other things, that 37 million people of minority groups were disappeared from Bangladesh.

Priya claimed that her home had been torched, and her land had been grabbed by Muslim fundamentalists. 

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Quader said: "Such a statement to the US President was made to humiliate Bangladesh. This was imaginary, and was made based on ulterior motives. We are moving forward with the matter rather cautiously.”  

He said Priya Saha will be held accountable for such irresponsible remarks after she returns home.

The Awami League general secretary said, "As a Bangladeshi national, Saha has made false, purposeful, and irresponsible remarks. We must take measures against her, and are in the process of doing so."

Asked what action the government would take if she does not return to Bangladesh, the road transport minister said that Priya told the media that she would come back. 

“Priaya Saha will be compelled to return home, we do not initiate anything beyond the scope of due process.”

The government is trying to uncover whether there was any political motivation behind her remarks, Quader said.

Priya Saha's husband, who is an official of the Anti-Corruption Commission, should not be dragged into the controversy without substantial proof.

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