Hasina criticises Mamata for stand against Teesta deal

Kashmir Times. Dated: 5/12/2014 1:46:20 AM

DHAKA, May 11 (Agencies): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her "extremely unfortunate" stance against the Teesta water sharing deal, but expressed optimism on resolving the issue through dialogue.
"It was extremely unfortunate, the chief minister of an Indian state, Mamata Banerjee raised objection (in signing the deal)... It was very unfortunate. We saw the central government of India was sincere in inking the agreement," Hasina told officials of Water Resources Ministry at the Bangladesh Secretariat.
Hasina, however, added she was optimistic about the deal saying "we hope we could solve the problem through discussion".
This is the first time that Hasina has sharply come down on Banerjee, categorically putting the blame on her for the setback in the deal.
Her comments came four days after water resource minister Anisul Islam Mahmud said Bangladesh awaited resolution of the long pending water sharing issue of the Teesta and other common rivers after the Indian elections.
The deal was scheduled to be signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangladesh in 2011, but had to be shelved as Banerjee had objected to the proposed quantum of water, saying it would harm her state.
She also scrapped her Dhaka tour accompanying Singh at that time.
The Teesta water is crucial for Bangladesh, especially in the lean period from December to March when water flow often temporarily comes down to less than 1,000 cusecs from 5,000 cusecs every year.

 

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