While the BJP led Central Government is trying to create the impression that Hindus in Bangladesh are victims of religious persecution and thus should be provided shelter in India, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has outright refuted such notions.
Speaking at the 20th Awami League National Council, Hasina said, ‘In my country, Hindus are not facing any kind of religious persecution. Even though they get the status of religious minorities in Bangladesh, they are safe and secure in this country. Bangladesh is a secular country. Here people practicing different religion live together in complete communal harmony. This year, almost 30,000 Durga Pujas have been celebrated across our country. Muslims celebrate the festivals of Hindu here and Hindus do vice versa.’
Hasina had invited a host of eminent personalities from Indian States bordering Bangladesh. The representation from India comprised of former Chief Minister of Assam, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, AGP leader Dhruba Jyoti Sarma, AIUDF leader Aminul Islam and A S Topadar, Education Minister of West Bengal, Partha Chatterjee, President of BJP, Tripura, Biplab Kumar Deb, Rajya Sabha Member from West Bengal, Roopa Ganguly and Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Later, speaking to mediapersons, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said, ‘The Central Government’s attempt to paint a picture that Hindus are not safe in Bangladesh is completely false. The religious minorities are getting adequate government protection in Bangladesh.’