New Delhi, Apr 10: On the last day of her visit to India, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that his government will resolve the Teesta water sharing issue very soon. Bangladesh has sought an “equitable” distribution of Teesta waters from India on the lines of Ganga Water Treaty of 1996. However, both the countries have failed to sign the water sharing treaty.
Considered as the single obstacle in the Teesta water-sharing pact, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday met the Bangladesh PM and discussed the issue. The Teesta river is considered to be the lifeline of half-a-dozen districts in North Bengal and the West Bengal Chief Minister has been opposing the water treaty since 2011. In 2011, it was decided that during the lean season, India would get 42.5 percent of the water and Bangladesh would get 37.5 percent. However, after the strong oppose by the West Bengal chief minister, the plan was cancelled.
Speaking at the India Foundation Awareness programme in Delhi, the Bangladesh Prime Minister said that her government has comprehensively addressed India’s security concern and it has been a factor in trust building. She also praised the support of the Indian government during the 1971 War of Liberation.
Speaking on the issue of terrorism, the Bangladesh PM said that, “Our journey towards peace and prosperity is put to peril by the rise of terrorism and violent extremism.” Hasina’s comments on terrorism came after PM Modi on Saturday said that, “There is a country in South Asia that is responsible for the rise of terrorism adding that the value system of that country is based on terrorism and violence instead of humanity.”
During Hasina’s four-day visit, over 20 accords ranging from ICT to defence cooperation were inked between both the countries. PM Modi also announced a $5 billion line of credit to Bangladesh for military supplies.