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Modi to tell Hasina about Jamaat conspiracy to topple her govt
Observer Online Desk
Publish Date : 2014-09-25,  Publish Time : 18:11,  View Count : 167
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will alert his Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about the threats she faces when they meet first time in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on September 27, reports The Economic Times of India on Thursday.

In a report published under the headline "India suspects coup in Bangladesh, JeI plans to de-stabilise Sheikh Hasina government," the Economic Times says that the Indian Prime Minister will flag off threats to his Bangladeshi counterpart during that meeting.

During his last week's meeting with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Mahmud Ali, Modi had said "Sheikh Mujib created Bangladesh and Sheikh Hasina saved Bangladesh."

Modi is also expected to discuss threats to Hasina and secularism in Bangladesh when he discusses the regional situation with Obama and other US leadership in New York, sources indicated.

India, worried over plans by radical Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) to destabilise the Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh, is expected to appraise the Obama administration about the machinations of the terror groups in the eastern neighbourhood and the necessity to support the Awami League regime during Narendra Modi's US trip beginning Thursday.

The Indian security establishment has received reports from Dhaka that Jamaat-e-Islami, that maintains close links with ISI, could be plotting to remove Hasina from power with the support of few radical elements in the Bangladesh Army, report the Economic Times.

Hasina has incurred the wrath of Jamaat-e-Islami after her crackdown against the party since 2009 over 1971 war crime charges and links with terror groups, including LeT. Last year, Jamaat was banned by the judiciary from participating in polls for its refusal to drop religion from the party constitution.

The Al Qaeda threat to both India and Bangladesh and cross-border terror in South Asia will also be on Modi's agenda when he meets the US President, sources hinted.
After she returned to power in 2009, Hasina fulfilled Delhi's long-standing demand by handing over northeastern insurgents besides cracking down on groups including LeT who were patronised by the ISI.

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