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Mamata ‘not keen’ on Teesta treaty

The Chief Minister of Indian state of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, is unlikely to give her support for the much-awaited Teesta water-sharing treaty between Dhaka and New Delhi, according to the Indian media reports.

The issue of signing of the Teesta water sharing treaty is likely to come up for discussion when Bangladesh premier Sheikh Hasina meets her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Goa on Sunday on the sideline of BRICS-BIMSTEC summit, said The Indian Express on Saturday.

Also, a Kolkata-based Bangla newspaper, Anandabazar, on Friday reported that Mamata Banarjee was not interested in the Teesta deal and instead blamed Indian’s central government for failing to do anything in this regard.

Both the newspapers said that Mamata was not against Bangladesh, but she continues to be wary of the consequences in northern part of the West Bengal if the treaty is signed.

The Indian Express said Mamata has reached out to India’s union home minister Rajnath Singh and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and conveyed her position.

Mamata referred to her support for the historic ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement last year and the exchange of enclaves with Bangladesh.

“She is not willing to sign the agreement because of concerns in north Bengal,” a source was quoted to have said.

The Indian newspaper quoting officials said Bangladesh was hoping that its decision to pull out of the SAARC meet in Pakistan, which gave a diplomatic push to India in its effort to isolate Pakistan on cross-border terrorism, would help its cause.

In 2011, Mamata had opted out of then prime minister Manmohan Singh’s delegation visiting Dhaka, but in 2015 when she accompanied Modi to Dhaka, she had sounded positive.

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