Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh is coming to Bangladesh on Friday for a three-day visit. The visit of the Indian minister to Bangladesh is to enhance cooperation between the two countries to combat terrorism and militancy. And a deal will be signed along with three Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs). Rajnath Singh will sit in a bilateral meeting with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal during this tour. The two countries will also discuss issues related to border areas. During the visit to Dhaka, Rajnath Singh will also hold a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali. Besides, the Indian Home Minister will inaugurate the new Indian visa application center on this tour. India`s largest visa application center in Bangladesh is going to be the Indian Visa Application Center in Jamuna Future Park of Baridhara, with about 50 visa application counters. On Sunday, he will visit Bangladesh Police Academy in Rajshahi and inaugurate Information Technology and Forensic Lab with the Home Minister of Bangladesh. A delegation of 12 people, including Home Secretary Special Secretary Brij Raj Sharma, Additional Secretary AK Misra, Joint Secretary Satindia Garg, will be visiting as the Indian Home Minister`s entourage.
Rajnath Singh is said to be the second most powerful leader in BJP. So analysts believe that his visit to Bangladesh before the election is to carry special political significance beyond the aforementioned topics.
One of the reasons for India`s confidence in the Awami League government is the prevention of `Cross-Border Violence`. Before, the land of Bangladesh was used by the separatists of India to carry out terrorist activities. Sheikh Hasina`s government has completely stopped it. That is why India still believes in the Awami League government. Recently, BNP leaders have visited India. Despite the interaction with the ruling BJP leaders there, India remains confident with the government of Awami League. In the wake of Rajnath Singh`s visit to Bangladesh, India has yet again shown its confidence in Awami League with three recent events. Those are:
I) India`s refusal to let Lord Carlile, the British lawyer of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia enter the country. On Wednesday, at 10 pm local time, he arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Immigration officials told Carlile that he was not allowed to enter India due to the cancellation of visa. He was then handed over to London`s return ticket. The purpose of Carlile was to hold a press conference in Delhi and criticize the government of Bangladesh for punishing Khaleda with the jail sentence. However, this desire was not fulfilled by the controversial British lawyer because of India`s intervention.
II) BNP wants time to meet Indian Foreign Minister Rajnath Singh. But Rajnath did not give BNP the opportunity. It has been said that in Rajnath Singh`s tour is already packed with programs. It is not possible to save time for holding a discussion with BNP. Earlier, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale came to Dhaka in a three-day state visit. Even then, BNP could not meet him.
III) Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka on Wednesday was called upon to Gonobhaban by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In the meeting with the Prime Minister, the Indian High Commissioner assured that as long Bangladesh does not allow its land to be used by Indian separatists, terrorists, India will not allow anyone from Bangladesh to use its land for any terrorist or anti-Bangladesh activities.
Recently, top BNP leaders have visited India more than once. BNP leaders discussed with the top leaders of the ruling party BJP. Still, BNP could not earn India`s confidence? Reliable sources said that the leaders of BNP also communicated with the extremist allies of the ruling party in India.
The National Autonomous Communities (RSS) is a branch organization of the ruling BJP in India. An organization called All India Minority Forum has recently been in touch with the RSS. Through RSS, they are trying to get benefits from BJP. But the All India Minority Forum is considered a militant organization. And through them, Lord Carlile tried to hold a press conference in Delhi.
According to sources, BNP leaders could not arrange any discussion with the mainstream despite repeated visits to India. They only managed to contact with some extremist and fanatic organizations like BNP. They were trying to attract the attention of the Indian government through contact with the leaders of organizations like RSS and the All India Minority Forum. But the stance of Indian Government says that BNP has failed to attract its attention.
The above-mentioned events prove that BNP is yet gain the confidence of India. India is still cannot take BNP for granted as a secular-minded liberal political party.