Can anyone explain the following news to me?

During his speech at a Hindu religious festival, Bangladesh's foreign minister Abul Momen said -

“I went to India and told them (Indian government) to do whatever is needed to keep Hasina in power,

"I told the Indian side that Sheikh Hasina must be sustained. Bangladesh will continue to march towards development and will truly become a country free of communalism under her leadership,” he added."

This speech brought a shitstorm in social media and local news media.

The Bangladesh government has already rigged the past two general elections and successfully demolished the opposition to oblivion. Therefore, they should be in complete control of everything.

Why does Bangladesh's government need India to stay in power?

EDIT: India played an active role in instating the current government of Bangladesh, which is narrated in detail in a book written by the late president of India.


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    It's not clear that they do. To me the whole speech reads more like the FM is threatening India with a wave of refugees if there's political instability in Bangladesh. Which of course may be rubbish talk, but who knows... I'm assuming he's using "communalism" in this negative sense when he says B must be kept free of it. Aug 20, 2022 at 7:49
  • @Fizz, reads more like the FM is threatening India with a wave of refugees if there's political instability in Bangladesh. --- I haven't read anything like that. Besides, close to a million Indians illegally work in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is India's one of the largest remittance sources.
    – user366312
    Aug 20, 2022 at 7:57
  • FTWT, the Bangladeshi opposition called for a general strike last time Modi visited abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/… Aug 20, 2022 at 8:13
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    Countries are always trying to influence developments in their region. Some of the means are considered legitimate by the international community, some are not. Depending on politics in the region, the endorsement by another state may help or hinder the prospects of a government, that is not the same as install or remove.
    – o.m.
    Aug 20, 2022 at 17:25
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    @user366312, I presume you are aware of the anti-Trump stance of many European governments. Yet it was Americans who elected Biden, not Europeans who "installed" him. Yes, I'm considering India's biases and preferences less significant than you do, and the BD political system less prone to remote control.
    – o.m.
    Aug 21, 2022 at 13:55


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