Dhaka, Sept. 21 -- "Why would they go? We are economically in better position than them (Indians). The question of our people going to India does not arise," the former economics teacher argues.

He made the comments at a demonstration outside the National Press Club in Dhaka on Friday as the exclusion of over 1.9 million people from a recently list of citizens in the Indian state of Assam following scrutiny has triggered fears of their deportation to Bangladesh.

The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told Bangladesh not to worry about the list, calling it an "internal matter" of India.

But Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said the northeastern Indian state "will ask Bangladesh to take their people back"...