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India not to meddle in Bangla internal affairs

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Jan 12 � In the face of reports of the Opposition party in Bangladesh seeking India�s intervention, New Delhi on Monday declined to play any role in the internal politics of the neighbouring country.

Reacting to reports about Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) seeking India�s help in stopping violence in the country, official spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs, Syed Akbaruddin, said that it has been the Government of India�s consistent policy towards a friendly country that it is for the people of Bangladesh to determine what sort of society they want.

�We desire a peaceful, friendly and stable Bangladesh but it is for the people of that country to decide what they want,� he said.

The Opposition BNP has reportedly sought New Delhi�s help to �restore democracy� in Bangladesh, which has been witnessing violent clashes between BNP and ruling Awami League (AL) supporters for the last few days.

The BNP is demanding fresh polls under a �neutral� caretaker government in the presence of international observers. At least four people were killed in clashes after the government cracked down on BNP, which had called for nationwide protests against the first anniversary of the 10th parliamentary elections on Monday last. Thousands of BNP workers were arrested ahead of the protests. BNP chief Khaleda Zia has been confined to her office in Dhaka since last week.

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