India has created pressure on the US to play a positive role in light of the volatile situation of Bangladesh, an Indian newspaper has reported on its website.
Anadabazar, quoting its source, reports that the South Block is disappointed about the White House’s position on Bangladesh. Due to the importance of the situation, the disappointment has been conveyed to the White House. Foreign Minister Sujata Singh discussed the current situation of Dhaka with her US counterpart Wendi Sherman on her recent US visit. The South Block has explicitly told the US leadership it is the duty of the west to bring back a democratic and congenial environment in Bangladesh for the sake of security of South Asia.
But the Indian foreign ministry thinks the US has not taken any active role in this regard. The newspaper further says that the government sources claim that US thinks Jamaat-e-Islami does not support terrorism. So if they (Jamaat) are allowed in the political sphere, it will help fight extremist Taliban supporters. The White House has even called the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, repeatedly asking her to resign and go to the election after dissolving her government according to the wish of BNP. The US also thinks that BNP believes in their (US) principles to a huge extent. If they (BNP) come to power, it will be easier for US to enter the Bangladesh market. The BNP alliance is preferred to US policy, the report said.
But New Delhi has been trying to convince the US of the fact that due to the destructive activities of Jamaat, the situation of the country is gradually going out of control, through discussion.
In the words of the spokesperson of the foreign ministry, “We believe that as people of a democratic nation, the Bangladeshi politicians will resolve their differences through dialogue.” But despite their statement, New Delhi fears that a huge number of refugees might cross borders. Besides that, they fear the huge capital that has gone to Islamist organizations in Bangladesh including Jamaat might have a negative impact across the border as well. A number of 5000 extra BSF personnel have been deployed, the paper reports. As a border state, West Bengal is worried about this issue too. The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken steps in this matter. The DG of the state police has increased vigilance in the border areas as per her orders.