Bangladesh says it need not worry about Assam’s NRC list
Bangladesh Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday said there was no need for Bangladesh to worry about Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) list as no one from the country infiltrated into India after 1971. India published its final citizenship list in the state of Assam that excluded nearly 1.9 million people rendering them stateless while about 31.1 million found their way into the list.
Minister Kamal’s statement came hours after Assam Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that ‘friend’ Bangladesh would be approached to take back its people following the declaration of updated final list of NRC.
While speaking at the closing ceremony of prisoners’ basic training and parade programme at Kashimpur Central Jail he said, “We want to make it clear that no Bangladeshi entered India after 1971. That was when several Indian came here as well. It is another country’s internal matter and we do not want to comment on it.”
Foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen too ruled out any concerns for Bangladesh said the issue was raised in advance when Indian External Affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar visited Bangladesh on August 30. He said that the Indian Minister had categorically said that the issue is an internal matter for India and there’ll be no problem for Bangladesh.
The controversial list has ended the wait of millions of Assam residents who will now find out whether they are Indians or ‘foreigners.’