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Meeting Mamata & Shah on Sidelines of Day-Night Test, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina May Discuss Teesta, NRC Issues

Though, Mamata said that the meeting with Hasina is a courtesy call but party insiders claimed that 'Didi' is eager to share the current situation over NRC in India and how it will have an impact on Bangladesh as well.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:November 22, 2019, 10:04 AM IST
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Meeting Mamata & Shah on Sidelines of Day-Night Test, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina May Discuss Teesta, NRC Issues
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina exchanges greetings with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the end of their meeting at a city hotel in Kolkata. (File photo: PTI)

Kolkata: In Kolkata to witness first ever Day-Night Test match at the Eden Gardens, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will on Friday meet West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Union home minister Amit Shah separately. Sources said that Banerjee is "eager to discuss" the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Teesta issue with Hasina.

As per the schedule, Mamata, Shah and Hasina will meet two times during the day, including one around noon and the second one late in the afternoon.

Another meeting was added at the last moment exclusively between Mamata and Hasina at 6pm in a five stat hotel in Kolkata.

Though, Mamata said that the meeting with Hasina is a courtesy call but party insiders claimed that Didi is eager to share the current situation over NRC in India and how it will have an impact on Bangladesh as well. On the other side, Hasina, is keen to convince Mamata to resolve the long-pending Teesta water row.

"Though, they will pick up the NRC and Teesta issue but there won’t be any long discussion on this. The meeting will last for half an hour and besides NRC, Bangladesh PM will certainly try to convince Mamata to agree in long pending Teesta water row," a senior TMC leader said.

“I will be meeting her (Hasina) in the afternoon. Second meeting will in the evening and third one will be around 6 PM in a hotel. It will be a courtesy meeting,” Mamata told the media persons.

Individuals found illegally living in India would face deportation under the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Shah has on several occasions warned that all the illegal immigrants who came from Bangladesh will be thrown out of the country.

In September, soon after Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that ‘friend’ Bangladesh would be approached to take back its people following the declaration of updated final list of the National Register of Citizen, Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan claimed that as far he is aware of, no one from his country had moved to Indian after 1971.

Then, speaking exclusively to News18 from Dhaka, Khan had said, “Yes, I am aware of the NRC list being declared in Assam. It is purely an internal matter of India and we have nothing to do with it. All I can say is that no one from Bangladesh went to India after 1971.”

India shares a 4,096-km-long border with Bangladesh. The Indian side of the Indo-Bangladesh border passes through West Bengal (2216.7 Km), Assam (263 Km), Meghalaya (443 Km), Tripura (856 Km) and Mizoram (318 Km).

International affairs experts feel that NRC could have a long impact on India-Bangladesh relationship. Not the least, it will also have an adverse effect in the Indo-Bangladesh border.

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