In what could be termed a rare scenario, Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee has agreed up on the request of the Centre, to tour Bangladesh next month along with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The decision came late Thursday night, MEA officials confirmed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be touring the neighbour country next month, to conduct diplomatic talks and take their bilateral co-operation to the next level. In a bid to decrease the problems between the two countries, mainly in the case of Teesta agreement, the Ministry of External affairs has requested Ms. Mamata Banarjee formally, to accompany the PM next month in his Bangladesh tour. However, the Bengal CM took her time before accepting the proposal.
Trinamool Congress Secretary, Mr Partha Chatterjee, said that Ms. Banerjee has accepted the proposal keeping in mind the importance of good relationship between the two states. He also said that this tour might help Bengal clear its long standing problems with Bangladesh, Such as Border issues and the water sharing agreement between the two states “Teesta”.
Mr Chatterjee further added ” we want both the countries to be benefited of whatever we do. Presence of Mamata Banerjee would help us to see that the interests of the Bengal are not jeopardized”.
The acceptance of the invitation from the MEA by the chief minister Ms. Banerjee, draws a political speculation of Mamata joining the Modi led government. It is to be noted that, back in September, 2011, Mamata did not agree to tour Bangladesh along with the then Prime Minister Dr. ManMohan Singh amid persuasion from the Centre . Mamata went on to say that the Teesta treaty will harm the benefits of the farmers, The Hindu reports.
Adding much to the speculation of the Mamata Government joining the BJP government at the Centre, Mamata has taken a back on the water sharing treaty, after five years. Earlier, the Chief Minister also agreed on the Land Boundary Agreement.