West Bengal minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury denied Bangladesh visa; Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind state chief is a fierce CAA critic

  • West Bengal minister and state president of Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind, Siddiqullah Chowdhury claimed that he was denied a visa by Bangladesh

  • Chowdhury was scheduled to visit Bangladesh from 26 to 31 December

  • Chowdhury is one of the most influential minority leaders of the state and has been a voracious critic of the CAA and pan-India NRC

Kolkata: West Bengal minister and state president of Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) Siddiqullah Chowdhury on Wednesday claimed that he was denied a visa by the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission for a trip to the neighbouring country.

 West Bengal minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury denied Bangladesh visa; Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind state chief is a fierce CAA critic

File image of Siddiqullah Chowdhury. ANI

Chowdhury was scheduled to visit Bangladesh from 26 to 31 December. "I had applied for visa on 12, 13 December for the five-day trip. I was invited to address a program there, and had personal commitments, too," he said.

"But, I am yet to receive my visa. They have neither said my visa application is accepted nor have they officially denied it. I have all the required documents and necessary permission both from the state and central governments," Chowdhury said.

As head of Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind, Chowdhury is one of the most influential minority leaders of the state and has been a voracious critic of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and pan-India NRC. The state's library service minister said he will cancel his ticket for Bangladesh on Thursday morning.

Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner Toufique Hasan could not be contacted for a comment. Repeated calls to Hasan's mobile number went unanswered. Several other senior officials of the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission were also unavailable for comment.

Reacting to the development, the Trinamool Congress leadership expressed shock over such a behaviour being meted out to a state minister. "We are really surprised to know about such a development. It's really shocking to see that Bangladesh has denied a visa to a minister from West Bengal," a senior TMC leader said.

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Updated Date: Dec 26, 2019 17:26:57 IST