Teesta not on B'desh visit agenda, says Mamata

Teesta not on B'desh visit agenda, says Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the Teesta river water sharing agreement will not be discussed during her Bangladesh visit.

She will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a part of his two-day visit to the neighbouring nation.

Responding to a question over the progress on the Teesta water sharing agreement, Banerjee said, “It (Teesta water sharing agreement) is not on the agenda.”

Banerjee is slated to leave for Bangladesh on June 5 and return to West Bengal on June 6, after the signing of the Land Boundary Agreement.

However, Bangladesh’s envoy Syed Moazzem Ali had on last Friday said that the discussion on Teesta water sharing will come up during Modi’s tour to his country and expressed “cautious optimism” on the deal being inked.

The Teesta water sharing agreement was put on hold after Banerjee’s strong opposition over fears that the treaty could spell disaster for northern West Bengal.

In September 2011, Banerjee had embarrassed former prime minister Manmohan Singh by pulling out of his delegation to Bangladesh over the water sharing agreement, forcing India to drop it from the agenda.

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