Kolkata: West Bengal minister and state president of Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind Siddiqullah Chowdhury was denied a visa by the Bangladesh Government for his trip. Chowdhury was scheduled to visit Bangladesh for a trip from December 26 to 31 but has been denied a visa by the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission.
JUH state president said that he had applied for a visa on December 12 for a five day trip. "I was invited to address a program there and had personal commitments too. But, I am yet to receive my visa. They have neither said my visa application is accepted, nor they have officially denied it. I have all the required documents and necessary permission both from the state and Central Governments," he stated.
Chowdhuri is West Bengal's library service minister and is considered as one of the most influential minority leaders of the state. He has been a voracious critic of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and PAN India NRC.
Chowdhury said that now he has to cancel his ticket for Bangladesh. Reacting to the development, the Trinamool Congress leadership has expressed shock over such behaviour with a state minister. A senior TMC leader said that they were surprised to know about such a development. "It's really shocking to see that Bangladesh has denied visit to a Minister from West Bengal," he stated.
Authorities from Bangladesh Deputy High Commission remained unavailable for comment.