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Sushma: Teesta not a failed case yet

  • Published at 12:22 am May 29th, 2018
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Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Reuters

She said West Bengal was the main stakeholder and they were talking frequently to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said the current Indian government still had one year left and her government could not be tagged with failure in terms of resolving the Teesta River water-sharing deal with Bangladesh.

"Our government has completed four years in office and still entire one is left. So, not reaching the Teesta treaty cannot yet be called a failure of this government," she told reporters in New Delhi.

Her remarks came at a press conference when asked whether not been able to sign the Teesta deal was a failure of their government.

Sushma said no resolution over Teesta issue was possible without taking all stakeholders on board.

She said West Bengal was the main stakeholder and they were talking frequently to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had separate meetings with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and Mamata last Friday and Saturday.

Mamata in April last year gave an alternative proposal for supplying the waters of Torsa River, instead of Teesta, as West Bengal would suffer if Teesta water was shared.

She said the federal Indian government could not bypass the West Bengal government as it was the state which had to share the Teesta waters and had to weigh pros and cons of how much it would be affected by the proposed deal.