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Plan on water sharing fails to enthuse Dhaka

Last Updated : 10 April 2017, 19:57 IST
Last Updated : 10 April 2017, 19:57 IST

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A new proposal by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to end the impasse over the India-Bangladesh agreement on sharing of water of the river Teesta has failed to enthuse Dhaka.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina indicated that she was not convinced by Mamata’s proposal that New Delhi should work out an arrangement with Dhaka for providing water to the neighbouring country from other rivers in northern region of her state.

Hasina, who concluded her four-day visit on Monday, said when India and Bangladesh would be able to clinch the deal on Teesta water-sharing, the bilateral relations between the two nations would undergo “another transformation”.

Referring to Mamata as “Didimoni” (schoolmistress or elder sister), Hasina said she was not sure how the chief minister would act on the issue of Teesta. “But Modiji (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) assured me that he would see what he could do (to end the impasse),” she said at an event held by India Foundation.

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Published 10 April 2017, 19:57 IST

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