CAA, NRC ’internal matters’ of India: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

  • Sheikh Hasina has termed CAA and NRC as 'internal matters' of India, but at the same time said the act was 'not necessary'
  • She voiced concern that any 'uncertainty' in the country is likely to affect its neighbours

PTI
Updated19 Jan 2020
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has termed as "internal matters" of India the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), but at the same time said the act was "not necessary".

According to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 following religious persecution there will get Indian citizenship. Protests are being held across India against the controversial law.

"We don't understand why (the Indian government) did it. It was not necessary," Hasina told the Gulf News in an interview, referring to India's new citizenship law.

Her comments came weeks after Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen said that the CAA and the NRC are India's "internal issues", but voiced concern that any "uncertainty" in the country is likely to affect its neighbours.

Bangladesh, where 10.7% of the 161 million population is Hindu and 0.6% Buddhist, has denied any migration to India because of religious persecution, the paper said.

Hasina, who is in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, also said that there has been no recorded reverse migration from India. "No, there is no reverse migration from India. But within India, people are facing many problems," she said.

"(Still), it is an internal affair," Hasina said.

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