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AL expects Teesta treaty before polls

Shawkat Ali Khan     27th April, 2018 02:53:01 printer

AL expects Teesta treaty before polls

Awami League expects that the much-awaited Teesta water-sharing deal and other unsettled issues with India will be resolved before the next general election.


AL leaders feel good following BJP’s firm belief that the ruling AL will assume office for a third consecutive term through the election due in late 2018.


A 19-member AL delegation, led by party general secretary Obaidul Quader, visited India at the invitation of the ruling BJP.


AL leaders say Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured them of resolving the longstanding Teesta issue within the quickest possible time.


If Teesta deal is signed before the election, it will be a great success of the AL-led government, they said.


“We have discussed all the pending issues with India. We hope Teesta treaty will be signed,” Quader said after returning home.


“If Teesta treaty is signed, an example will be made,” he said.


AL leaders are also upbeat as BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, commerce, industry and civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu and external affairs state minister MJ Akbar hope that the AL will assume office again.


Soon after Sheikh Hasina’s assumption in office for a consecutive second term through the 2014 election, Narendra Modi also came to power that year.


Assuming office, Modi visited Bangladesh in June 2015 while Sheikh Hasina visited India in 2017 with a hope to sign Teesta agreement.


Teesta deal was not inked during Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India. But the Indian government assured that the deal will be signed during the tenures of the two neighbouring leaders.


Though the two leaders are in their last year in office, Teesta deal is yet to be inked.


Bangladesh and India signed the historic Land Boundary Agreement with India to end the 41-year drought to enclave residents.


The prime ministers of both countries signed the agreement in 1974 to exchange enclaves and simplify their international border.