Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in New Delhi on a four-day tour to attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum to strengthen relations between India and Bangladesh.
NRC- A Great Concern For Bangladesh
The ruling NDA-led-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has been pushing for implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) which has become a matter of great concern for Bangladesh.
Dhaka plans to raise the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) during the talks.
However, when the two leaders met at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York in September, Sheik Hasina “raised the NRC issue.”
PM Modi has gave the assurance to his Bangladesh counterpart that the NRC would have “no impact on Bangladesh” and there was no need to be worried about it.
“It is their (India’s) issue, let them handle it, so far, we don’t need to be worried regarding the NRC issue,” Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali asked for comments about India’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) process.
There had been no official response from Dhaka despite the current Union home minister and BJP president Amit Shah had described Bangladeshi migrants as “termites” a year ago.
Prime Minister Hasina may definitely discuss the Teesta river waters as well as Rohingyas apart from inking agreements in various sectors.
Likely To Sign Dozen MoUs
On the sidelines of the India Economic Forum meet, the two countries are likely to sign as many as seven to eight MoUs, mostly on the question of connectivity, cultural and technical cooperation, and trade and investment after the bilateral meeting of the two prime ministers.
The theme for this year’s summit is ‘Innovating for India; Strengthening South Asia, Impacting the World’.
Apart from addressing the Indian Economic Forum, she will exchange views with three Indian Chamber of Commerce leaders during a joint meeting on Friday.