"While India cannot interfere in the internal affairs of Bangladesh, nevertheless having been the country which facilitated the creation of Bangladesh and being directly connected with the fallout of any law and order in that country, Indian government is duty-bound to use its good offices, if necessary with the help of other countries, to see that the elections in Bangladesh are free and fair," he said.

Swamy said Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has to go the extra mile to ensure that the elections are held in a free and fair manner.

He said the public order situation in Bangladesh is deteriorating, causing concern in India of its ill effects in already sensitive border areas of Assam and Bengal.

"Therefore, it is important for the government of India to take a more pro-active interest to ensure that a peaceful democratic transition takes place in Bangladesh following elections for Parliament in early 2014," Swamy said.

(Agencies)

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