Teesta WB’s lifeline, says it can’t be taken away :Mamata
The current government will hold office till December, 2018 and the next general election will be held in early January of 2019
Through the joint media briefing of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Saturday, it became rather clear that the Indo-Bangla Teesta water sharing deal will be signed during the tenure of both the incumbent governments.
During the programme held at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Modi said: “Only our and Hasina’s governments can ink the agreement and that will happen during our tenure. Mamata Banerjee came to New Delhi, who too loves Bangladesh, and will soon agree to the Teesta agreement, which is just a matter of time.”
The current government will hold office till December, 2018 and the next general election will be held in early January of 2019. Meanwhile, the Modi government’s tenure will expire in May, 2019. Hence, it can easily be assumed that the probability of the deal being sealed by 2018 is high. Modi, during his speech, also mentioned how much time is left for this.
Chief minister of Indian state of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee on Sunday expressed displeasure at the talks of sharing Teesta waters, asserting that the river is the lifeline of ‘North Bengal’ which can’t be taken away, reports India’s multimedia news agency ANI news.
According to its report appeared on the site, Mamata expressed her dissatisfaction following Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s talks on river Teesta.
“There is very little water in Teesta River, it is our lifeline, the lifeline of North Bengal,” Banerjee was quoted as saying.
The report adds: Mamata further stated that other trans-national rivers could be diverted to attend to Bangladesh’s water needs.
“Your problem is water, not Teesta. I am willing to look at any alternate proposal to address your issues. What we can do is that there are many other rivers in the area (India-Bangladesh), we can use water from them,” said Banerjee.
On Saturday, prime minister Hasina said India’s support would help resolve all issues, including Teesta, expeditiously.
Meanwhile, no pact on the sharing of water of the river Teesta was signed between the two nations.
On this, prime minister Modi further said, “I am very happy that the chief minister of West Bengal is my guest today. Her feeling for Bangladesh is as warm as my own. I assure you and the people of Bangladesh of our continuing efforts on Teesta. It’s only my government and your government that can and will find an early solution to Teesta water sharing issue.”