"We do not have any intention to interfere in the internal affairs of Bangladesh.  But as a friendly neighbor and as a well wisher, we do hope that the people of Bangladesh and their leaders can arrive at solutions and at outcomes which enable the people here who are living in Bangladesh to realise their aspirations," the spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Admitting that as a neighbour of Bangladesh and as two countries which share such a long border, neither India nor Bangladesh can remain unaffected or be indifferent to what happens in each other's country, he said "We have an interest in what happens in Bangladesh and I am sure Bangladesh has a similar interest in what happens in India.”

"That is because at one level the destinies of our two peoples and our countries are very closely linked, more than perhaps any other two countries in the region," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson also said, “We would wish them to overcome their differences, to be able to resolve their differences in a manner which is peaceful, which is done through dialogue, through discussion. And the outcome should be such that is acceptable to all the people of Bangladesh.”

Violence has increased in Bangladesh, mainly over the coming general polls which is being boycotted by the main Opposition party and its allies. The BNP-led 18-party alliance has been demanding Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's resignation and scrapping of the polls.

While Hasina proposed an all-party interim government, BNP leader Khaleda Zia wants restoration of the neutral caretaker government to oversee the polls.

(Agencies)

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