Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee likely to meet Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 7 in New Delhi.
The Bangladesh PM will be arriving on April 7 on a four-day visit and there is a speculation that both the leaders (Mamata and Hasina) will have a dialogue on sharing of the waters of river Teesta, one of the most contentious issues between the two countries.
Sources said, she is likely to meet Hasina during grand dinner ceremony hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on April 8.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be attending and it is likely that Mamata may meet him to discuss several issues including central fund and Teesta issue.
In past, Mamata has expressed her reluctance over sharing the water – as the river provides water to many villages in north Bengal. But during her visit to Bangladesh with PM Modi in 2015, she had said that there could be a solution and it can only be sorted out with dialogue with Hasina.
Mamata is considered to be significant in terms of India’s external and internal security issues with Bangaldesh.
The two countries are keen to strengthen railway connectivity, particularly to revive railway links which were in existence prior to 1965. Enhancing rail, road and water connectivity, boosting economic engagement and expanding security cooperation are likely to be major focus areas during probable Mamata-Hasina-Modi meet