|Published : 28 Mar 2016, 18:02:44|
Tripura governor wants easier cross-border movement
Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy wants to end the visa system to ensure easier cross-border movement for the people of Bangladesh and India.
“Why there is visa system between India and Bangladesh? This visa system must be removed. I would soon propose to MEA (ministry of external affairs) to remove this visa system,” he said, speaking at Bangladesh's Independence Day celebrations in Agartala this week.
His wanted an end to visa came on a day a Bangladesh academic Muntasir Mamoon said getting an Indian visa was a 'humiliating experience' for all Bangladeshis.
"The leadership of the two countries can sit together and decide about the elimination of visa system, ensuring easy movement of people of two countries," said Roy, a former member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive.
The friendship between Bangladesh and India strengthened to a point where visa has become unnecessary, he said.
Without naming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Roy, who was also the BJP's Bengal unit president before being appointed the Tripura governor, said: "Indian Prime Minister was keen to resolve the Teesta water dispute, but the dispute was sought to be kept active by certain quarters. This is a matter of extreme regret."
"We should not suppress the history. Depending on the reality and truth, India and Bangladesh must continue their relationship for the interest of the two countries and their people. The leadership of two countries must evolve innovative ideas for the progress of the two neighbours," he said.
Citing the examples of German reunification and visa-free movement between India, Nepal and Bhutan, the governor said that cultural exchanges between India and Bangladesh must be increased to reinforce the upward relationship, according to bdnews24.com. –RH