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Expressing concern over the increase in attacks on Hindus and other communities by fundamentalist forces in Bangladesh, state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury on Saturday criticised the state government for being “passive” and said he had written a letter to Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in this regard.
“The rise of communal forces in Bangladesh is a serious concern. Attacks are being carried out in a concerted way to communally destabilise Bangladesh. Already several priests and Buddhists monks and people advocating secularism have been attacked and killed. Yesterday, we came to know that the Hindu priest at Ramkrishna Mission in Dhaka received a death threat… The communal forces’ bid to get Bangladesh free of the minorities is a grave concern for India. I have written to External Affairs Minister (Sushma Swaraj) in this regard,” Chowdhury said.
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Chowdhury urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to use her cordial relationship with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to address the issue. “Everyone knows that chief minister Mamata shares a cordial relationship with Hasina. So far we have not heard an active response from her,” he said.
In spite of sharing a cordial relationship, Chowdhury said it was disconcerting that the state government is “unconcerned” and “passive” over the rising attacks on Hindu minorities in the neighbouring country. “People in Bangladesh are voicing their concerns and we too share that. We have full faith in the Sheikh Hasina government effectively tackling the issue… The chief minister has remained unconcerned in the matter,” the Congress MP said.
He added that India too faced a similar communal threat in the form of the BJP. “Much like Bangladesh, communal forces are rising in India as well. While the entire BJP wants to have a Congress-free India, a section of the party, wants to create a Muslim-free India. This is a matter of grave concern for us and the people of India,” Chowdhury said.