Mamata to accompany Modi to Dhaka, land and water deal high on agenda

Against the backdrop of an upswing in India-Bangladesh ties, West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is expected to accompany Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Dhaka next month.

The signing of the historic Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh, which was ratified by the Indian parliament recently, will be the show-stealer of Mr Modi’s maiden visit to Dhaka that starts June 6.

“The chief minister is visiting Dhaka for the signing of the Land Boundary Agreement. Hope it will cement the ties of India and Bangladesh further,” said West Bengal’s Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee.

Besides the land deal, the finalisation of the stalled Teesta water treaty will also be high on the agenda.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said recently that the Teesta water-sharing accord would be finalised soon. The decision of Mamata Banerjee to accompany Mr Modi to Dhaka has brightened the prospects of the water deal coming to fruition as he was the one who had had blocked the water sharing deal four years ago.

The historic LBA with Bangladesh deals with the transfer of 111 enclaves with cumulative area of 17,160.63 acres to Bangladesh, while Dhaka is to transfer 51 enclaves with an area of 7,110.02 acres to India. A 6.1-km undefined border stretch will be demarcated, following the ratification of the bill passed by parliament.