Citizenship Act is India’s own internal affairs: Quader

Published: 15 Dec 2019 | Updated: 15 Dec 2019   

Samakal Correspondent

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said that the newly passed Citizenship (Amendment) Act,2019 is India’s own internal affairs.

"Bangladesh maintains good relations with the neighboring India as the newly enacted act will have no effect in our relations," said Quader while addressing a sub-committee meeting of the Swechasebak League at city’s Bangabandhu Avenue on Sunday morning.

The Bill makes illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who entered India on or before 31 December 2014, eligible for Indian citizenship which was passed on December 10.

Quader also a Road Transport and Bridges Minister told the meeting that if any problem arises between the two countries then that will be jointly resolved thorough discussion.

Regarding the upcoming national council of the Awami League (AL), the minister said, “We are ready to hold the AL national council, adding that AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants to rearrange the party and we are working to this end.”

Quader will visit the council venue at Suhrawardy Uddhyan on December 19.

He, however, told the meeting that the detailed discussion on the AL’s council will be held at central committee meeting at Prime Minister’s Official residence at Ganabhaban on December 18.

Political leaders of different political parties, including embassy officials of different countries in Bangladesh will be invited at the council, the minister added.

On September 14, the ruling party announced its 21st national council which will be held on December 20 and 21 to elect the party’s next leadership.

Chaired by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, the meeting also was attended, among others, by AL’s Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Cultural Affairs Secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil, Liberation Affairs Secretary Mrinal Kanti Das, Deputy Office Secretary Barrister Biplob Barua and other Swechasebak leaders. AL’s Organizing Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim moderated the function.


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