The Assam Government should at first prove that the people left out of the NRC are Bangladeshi and that they have gone to India after 1971, only then Bangladesh will take back those people, said Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan.
It may be mentioned that the Assam Government, after publication of final NRC said that out of the 19 lakh people that were excluded from the NRC, 14-15 lakhs are Bangladeshi and that they will be sent back to Bangladesh.
Reacting to the Assam Government’s statement, the Bangladesh Home Minister said that no one from his country had moved to India after 1971.
Khan said that he is aware of NRC list being declared in Assam adding that it is purely an internal matter of India and that they have nothing to do with it. He further said he recently visited India as per the invitation of Union Home Minister of India Amit Shah but Shah has never discussed about the issue. Khan also said that they will never intervene on the internal matter of India.
Khan also said that no Bangladeshi people have moved to India after 1971 and the people who moved to India is only for the purpose of study and treatment.
He also stated that Bangladesh has nothing to do with NRC. “I repeat, it is India’s internal matter. I don’t know who said what in this matter. Let India inform us officially, then we will respond. All I can say is that no one from Bangladesh went to India after 1971. It may be possible that they settled (mainly Bengalis) in Assam from various parts of India itself, but not Bangladesh,” said Khan.
“Ever since Bangladesh was created, India has been with us. Our relationship with India is excellent. India is our friend, but as far as NRC is concerned, I can say that no one from Bangladesh went to India after 1971. I don’t think that the Indian government will push anyone towards Bangladesh,” he added.