West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will have a formal meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday evening.
Till Thursday afternoon, it was not clear if. Hasina would have a one-on-one meeting with Banerjee, but the Bengal Chief Minister broke her silence to announce that a meeting has been finalised.“There will be a courtesy meeting at 6 pm at Taj Bengal. It was decided today [Thursday] morning only,” Banerjee told journalists.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will land in Kolkata in the early hours to watch the first day and night test match on Friday.
The meeting is immensely significant considering that West Bengal and Bangladesh are still not on the same page regarding the sharing of the vital north Bengal river, the Teesta, during the lean season. It is thus expected that the Bangladesh PM and Bengal CM will discuss the issue of sharing of river water.However, when Ms. Hasina confirmed her Kolkata visit in Dhaka a few weeks back, she had said that she had no intention of discussing water sharing. “Do not bring water issues in sports,” Hasina said.
Banerjee said that, during the course of the day, she will be meeting Hasina thrice. “We will meet in the afternoon at Eden Gardens and then in a cultural programme, also at Eden. Following which, we will have the courtesy meeting,” Banerjee said.
Hasina will leave Kolkata on Friday night.
Source: The Hindu