India-Bangladesh to go ahead with ‘Teesta deal’: Rajnath

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Kolkata: As the Modi led NDA regime completes one year in the helm, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that the ‘Teesta water sharing deal’ will soon be approved by both India and Bangladesh governments.  “India, Bangladesh will soon approve Teesta water sharing deal. We hope to get full cooperation from West Bengal government,” he said.

Ahead of PM Modi’s visit to Bangladesh, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had said that the matter is under discussion. The Teesta deal was postponed in 2011 after objections by West bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

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The Teesta water is crucial for Bangladesh, especially in the leanest period from December to March when the water flow often temporarily comes down to less than 1,000 cusecs from 5,000 cusecs every year.

Rajnath also raised the issue of law and order problem in the West Bengal and said that Centre is ready to give all the help required to improve the situation. On the other hand Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Bangladesh on June 06.

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