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Dhaka dismisses Indian media reports

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Staff Reporter
Bangladesh Foreign Ministry on Saturday dismissed the Indian media reports that Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata Abida Islam was summoned by the West Bengal Chief Minister.
“Attention has been drawn to some media reports about summoning the Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner by the Chief Minister of West Bengal today. The news is not based on fact,” said a statement.
It said upon request from the Deputy High Commissioner, the Chief Minister of West Bengal has given her time to pay a courtesy call on the Chief Minister on September15.
Indian media, including The Hindu, ran a story headlined ‘Mamata summons Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner’.
With top Bengali newspapers of Kolkata alleging that a Rajya Sabha MP of Mamata Banerjee funded anti-Indian forces, like Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh (JMB), to destabilise the Awami League government in Bangladesh, the Chief Minister of West Bengal has summoned the Deputy High Commissioner of the neighbouring country, the Hindu report says.
It further says the Deputy High Commissioner, Abida Islam, will meet Banerjee on Saturday. Historically, Awami League is considered as a pro-India political party in Bangladesh, the report added.