Calcutta, Aug. 24: Mamata Banerjee today questioned the motive behind the land boundary agreement India and Bangladesh had signed when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Dhaka in September 2011.
“It is indeed difficult to accept the present proposal of giving away land to Bangladesh without agreement from the state government,” the chief minister said in a Facebook post tonight.
Mamata’s post came days after Trinamul MPs had stalled the introduction of a bill to ratify the agreement in the Rajya Sabha. External affairs minister Salman Khurshid had later called up Mamata and it was decided that three Trinamul MPs — Mukul Roy, Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O’Brien — would meet him. Trinamul sources said tonight the meeting was unlikely to be held now.
The bill has to be cleared by two-thirds majority in both Houses of Parliament as the agreement involves exchange of territories.
“...our state of West Bengal will get only about 7,000 acres of land but will have to recede (sic) nearly 17,000 acres of land to Bangladesh. This cannot be accepted without taking into confidence and consent of the local people who live in the transferable areas,” Mamata said in her post.
She cited the stalled Teesta water-sharing treaty with Bangladesh. “The case of Teesta Water Agreement may be recalled where, during the draft stage, the Government of India had said something, but proposed something totally different in the final stage,” she said.
“What is the hurry of the Central government to give away our land and our water without the consent of the state government? What type of politics the Central government is trying to play? Recently, they have disturbed the peaceful situation in Darjeeling,” she alleged.