India, Bangladesh will soon approve Teesta water sharing deal: Rajnath


As the Narendra Modi led NDA government completes one year in office, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that the ‘Teesta water sharing deal’ will soon be approved by both India and Bangladesh.

“India, Bangladesh will soon approve Teesta water sharing deal. We hope to get full cooperation from West Bengal government,” he said.

Ahead of PM Modi’s visit to Bangladesh, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had said that the matter was under discussion. The Teesta deal was postponed in 2011 after objections by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The Teesta water is crucial for Bangladesh, especially during the period from December to March when the water flow often comes down to less than 1,000 cusecs from 5,000 cusecs every year.

Rajnath Singh also raised the issue of law and order problem in West Bengal and said that the Centre is ready to give all the necessary help required to improve the situation.