Mamata, Hasina Hold Silence On Teesta


Kolkata: Meeting between Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina & West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Saturday end with silence. Both did not use “T” word — the contentious Teesta water treaty unresolved for years.

The chief minister later said that a “lot of issues” were discussed during the meeting. “The discussion was friendly and cordial. We discussed trade, economic ties and their improvement among other things,” she said, without elaborating.

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“The country (Bangladesh) is doing well in all aspects and we want them to prosper more…We want them (Bangladesh leaders) to come here all the time,” Banerjee told the waiting journalists.

She said the responsibility of maintaining good relations between India and Bangladesh lied with both the countries. Banerjee said that if the Centre and Bangladesh agreed, a ‘Bangabandhu Bhavan’ could come up in the city.

Earlier, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was on Saturday conferred the honorary Doctorate of Literature degree by the Kazi Nazrul University here.

University Vice Chancellor Sadhan Chakrabarti handed out the degree to Sheikh Hasina at a special convocation, in which a number of ministers of her cabinet, and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, were present.