PM calls Mamata Banerjee, assures her on Teesta

The interests of West Bengal will be kept in mind, Manmohan Singh told CM, a close aide of the Trinamool chief said.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Monday called West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
and assured her that nothing will be done on the Teesta river
water sharing issue with Bangladesh that will harm the
interests of the state.

The interests of West Bengal will be kept in mind and
consultations with her will continue on the issue, Singh told
Banerjee, a close aide of the Trinamool chief said.

Banerjee has opted out of the Prime Minister`s
two-day visit to Bangladesh starting tomorrow upset over the
final draft of the Teesta river water sharing pact which is
believed to have earmarked more water for Bangladesh than
stipulated in the earlier draft.

While Banerjee has pulled out, chief ministers from
Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram-states bordering
Bangladesh-will be part of the PM`s delegation.

There are enough indications that the pact would not
be inked during the upcoming visit. Top officials said
anything agreed between India and Bangladesh would have to be
acceptable to West Bengal and consultations in this regard
would continue.

The deal on Teesta, which originates in Sikkim and flows
to Northern part of West Bengal before entering Bangladesh,
was a big-ticket item on the agenda of Prime Minister`s visit
but has now run into uncertainty following Banerjee`s
reservations on inking it.


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