CAA and NRC 'internal matters' of India; needn't be implemented: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

CAA and NRC 'internal matters' of India; needn't be implemented: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

DUBAI: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has termed as "internal matters" of India the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and therefore the National Register of Citizens (NRC), but at an equivalent 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 New Year's Eve , 2014 following religious persecution there'll get Indian citizenship.

Protests are being held across India against the controversial law. "We don't understand why (the Indian government) did it. it had been not necessary," Hasina told the Gulf News in an interview, pertaining to India's new citizenship law.

Her comments came weeks after Bangladesh secretary of state AK Abdul Momen said that the CAA and therefore the NRC are India's "internal issues", but voiced concern that any "uncertainty" within the country is probably going to affect its neighbours.

Bangladesh, where 10.7 per cent of the 161 million population is Hindu and 0.6 per cent Buddhist, has denied any migration to India due to religious persecution.

Hasina, who is within the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi , also said that there has been no recorded reverse migration from India. "No, there's no reverse migration from India. But within India, people face many problems. (Still), it's an indoor affair," she said.

"Bangladesh has always maintained that the CAA and NRC are internal matters of India. the govt of India, on their part, has also repeatedly maintained that the NRC is an indoor exercise of India and Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi has face to face assured me of an equivalent during my visit to New Delhi in October 2019," Hasina said.

She said the connection between Bangladesh and India is currently at its best, with cooperation during a "wide spectrum of areas".

The NRC has been prepared to spot genuine Indian citizens living in Assam since March 24, 1971, or before, and identify illegal Bangladeshi migrants within the state. Out of 3.3 crore applicants, over 19 lakh people were excluded from the ultimate NRC published on August 30.