Bangladesh High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali (left) with West Bengal consumer affairs minister Sadhan Pande (right) in Kolkata on Monday.
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Kolkata: The High Commissioner of Bangladesh in India has appealed for “sanity” among all concerned as regards the on-going update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, which has given rise to the apprehension of scores of Bengalis being branded illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

The High Commissioner, Syed Muazzem Ali, has, however, clarified that there has been no discussion between India and Bangladesh on the issue as yet and that the NRC update in Assam is India’s internal matter.

“I don’t want to go into the details: we all have read in newspapers and we all know the ramifications of this particular issue, the origin of the crisis and what it means. My only request to everybody is, let sanity prevail, let all of us live peacefully within our respective territories,” Ali said at an event in Kolkata this afternoon when asked about Bangladesh’s stand on Assam NRC update.

The topmost diplomat of Bangladesh in India said that he has come across “conflicting positions of different Indian states on this particular issue.” “But the issue will only become bilateral once the government of India takes it up with the government of Bangladesh.”

He said that there is no question of “Bangladesh preparing for anything when the issue has never been raised with our government.”

The High Commissioner of Bangladesh was in Kolkata today to participate at a seminar on Bangladesh’s upgrade from a least developing country towards becoming a developing country. The event was jointly organised by the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata and the Merchant’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry.