PM’s Bangladesh visit a failure: BJP

India and Bangladesh signed a land boundary agreement, which also envisages swap of adversely-held enclaves in each other`s territories.

New Delhi: BJP on Friday said, Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh`s visit to Bangladesh had not achieved much due to differences between UPA allies, and sought to know how much Indian territory had been given away to Bangladesh from Assam to settle the enclaves issue.

Before leaving for Bangladesh, the Prime Minister, had held a meeting with BJP Parliamentary Party leader L K Advani, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley.

The opposition had issued a statement seeking details of how the enclaves were to be exchanged and, cautioned that Indian territory should not be compromised and local sentiments of people located at the Indo-Bangla border should not be hurt.

In a press interaction today, Jaitley said, the government should clearly state, what has been done in this regard and share details of the treaties signed.

"There had been no discussion with us on giving land from Assam to Bangladesh. So, if they (government) say, that BJP was taken on board, they are wrong... We don`t know, what they have done," Swaraj said, adding 600 acres of land in
Assam had reportedly been given away to the neighbouring country.

India and Bangladesh signed on September 6 a land boundary agreement, which also envisages swap of adversely-held enclaves in each other`s territories.

BJP feels the government is not keen on sharing details regarding this land boundary treaty.

Jaitley insisted there can be no compromise with the "territorial integrity" of the country.

BJP leaders claim there is huge resentment among the people of Assam after Singh`s visit to Dhaka.

"Government should clearly tell us what has been done," Jaitley said.

He said, when the Prime Minister, had gone on the official visit to Bangladesh, he thought he would be able to solve several of the bilateral issues.

In an apparent reference to West Bengal, Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee`s opposition to a treaty on the sharing of Teesta river waters, he said, this was a "glaring example" of how differences within UPA have affected India`s foreign
policy initiatives.


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