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Why would Bangladeshis go to India if living conditions are better in our country?: Asaduzzaman Khan

“I would like to request them, not to spread lies that will affect the relationship between India and Bangladesh” he added

New Delhi: The passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill is likely to have a lasting effect on India’s relationship with Bangladesh. Though Bangladesh has maintained that no Individual from their country migrated to India illegally after 1971, Home Minister Amit Shah made repeated referred to “infiltrators” from the neighboring countries. He also said that they will be thrown out of India.

A day after the passage of the CAB, the Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen called off their respective visits to India.

Talking to News18, Asaduzzaman Khan said that his visit was called-off because of the “law and order situation” in the Northeast region. However, he rubbished the narrative of illegal migration from Bangladesh calling it “big lie”.

When questioned about a large number of Bangladeshi nationals entered and settled illegally in India, the minister said that before the liberation war, some Hindus migrated to India but no Muslims went to India illegally after 1971. “I think there is a big conspiracy by someone to spoil our relationship with India for some hidden interest,” he said.

Khan said that Bangladesh is not a poor nation that people will migrate in illegal a way to India. pointing out to Bangladesh economic growth he said that it stood at  8.15% in fiscal 2018-19. He said the current GDP growth of the country is 8.13% and per capita income stands at $ 2000. “You tell me, why would someone from our country illegally go to India when the standard of living is better in Bangladesh?” he questioned.

Expressing displeasure Khan said that People of Bangladesh are giving business to India while they(Indian Politicians) are accusing Bangladeshis of migrating illegally for better livelihoods. “I would like to request them, not to spread lies that will affect the relationship between India and Bangladesh” he added.

When asked about CAB “He said ” It is completely an internal matter for India and we have nothing to do with CAB”. He added, ” India is our friend but as far as CAB is concerned, I can say with full responsibility that no Individual from Bangladesh went to India after 1971. I don’t think that the Indian government will push illegal immigrants towards Bangladesh.”

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