Mamata Banerjee to accompany Modi on his two-day trip to Bangladesh

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would accompany Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to Bangladesh starting from June 6

hidden May 29, 2015 07:18:52 IST
Mamata Banerjee to accompany Modi on his two-day trip to Bangladesh

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would accompany Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to Bangladesh starting from June 6, a senior TMC minister said on Thursday.

Mamata Banerjee to accompany Modi on his twoday trip to Bangladesh

Mamata Banerjee is set to accompany Narendra Modi on his two-day visit to Bangladesh. PTI

"The Chief Minister will go along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh next month. We hope this visit will strenghten relations between the two Bengals (West Bengal and Bangladesh) and also between the two countries," Education and Parliamentary Affiars Minister Partha Chatterjee told PTI.

"Between two Bengals there are no differences. We speak the same language, both the countries have national anthems which are created by the same person (Rabindranath Tagore). We feel that the visit by the Prime Minister and Chief Minister will be in the interest of both the countries and also Bengal," Chatterjee said.

"The Prime Minister and Chief Minister will go together and I believe that Bengal's interests will not be compromised," the minister said, adding the people of both countries want good relations.

Earlier, Banerjee had agreed to the Land Boundary Agreement which had been hanging fire for a long time.

This will be Banerjee's second visit to Dhaka this year. Earlier in February, Banerjee along with a delegation of state government officials and cultural personalities had visited Bangladesh for three days.

Asked if Banerjee has given her consent to the Teesta water sharing treaty, Chatterjee said, "I am not aware of it and I cannot comment on this matter."

The Prime Minister and Chief Minister will go together and I believe that Bengal's interests will not be compromised," the minister said, adding the people of both countries want good relations.

Earlier, Banerjee had agreed to the Land Boundary Agreement which had been hanging fire for a long time.

Parliament had recently passed the historic constitution amendment bill seeking to settle India's 41-year-old border issue with Bangladesh. The legislation would operationalise the 1974 India-Bangladesh Land Boundary agreement that provides for exchange of 161 enclaves adversely-held by the the two countries.

Modi gave a compensation package of a whopping Rs 3009 crore to West Bengal as part of the Indo-Bangla enclave exchange pact.

After the bitter verbal duels during the Lok Sabha poll campaign, camaraderie between the two was manifest during Modi's visit to West Bengal earlier this month, his first after becoming Prime Minister.

Besides attending an event in Kolkata where Modi launched three social security schemes, Banerjee met the prime minister at the Raj Bhavan where she urged him for complete waiver of the state's debt.

She was also present at Burnpur in Burdwan district where Modi inaugurated the upgraded IISCO Steel Plant (ISP).

PTI

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