Momen expected to raise Citizenship Bill during India visit

Ranjan Basu, Delhi
Published : 11:16, Dec 12, 2019 | Updated : 11:18, Dec 12, 2019

Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar during a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen at state guesthouse Jamuna in Dhaka on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Photo/Focus BanglaBangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen is set to leave for India on Thursday (Dec 12) to attend the Delhi Dialogue and Indian Ocean Dialogue.
The minister will meet with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Saturday (Dec 14) where he is expected to raise the issue of the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and the hearing against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice.
The Indian parliament passing the controversial bill that would make it easier for non-Muslim minorities from neighbouring countries to seek Indian citizenship, on Wednesday (Dec 11) sparked violent protests, leading to troops being deployed in regions of Tripura and curfew being imposed in Assam.
Opposition parties such as Congress, Trinamool-Congress, CPM-CPI have also objected to the law saying that it goes against India’s secular ideals and constitution.
On Monday (Dec 9), Indian home minister Amit Shah while presenting the bill in the lower house said that religious minorities were tortured in Bangladesh.
Later, Foreign Minister Momen denied the claims of torture, saying that the citizenship bill will weaken India’s secular stance.
Moreover, several minority leaders have claimed that the bill will not benefit the minorities but might make life difficult for the Hindus living in Bangladesh.