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Mamata against Bangladesh land deal

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, August 26, 2013
First Published: 10:43 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 13:19 IST(26/8/2013)

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said she would not accept the Centre’s plan for a border deal with Bangladesh.

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“I have discussed the issue with external affairs minister several times in the last two years. It is indeed difficult to accept the present proposal of giving away land to Bangladesh,” wrote the chief minister on her official Facebook page.

Sounding the bugle for another showdown with the Centre, Mamata Banerjee stated that through this deal, West Bengal would lose more land than it gains from Bangladesh. She also made it clear that consent of the local people is a must before the process begins.

“On the Land Boundary Agreement, the state government had told the national security adviser and the external affairs ministry that the consent of the local people residing in these areas must be taken before land is transferred. It must be noted that Bengal will get only about 7,000 acres but will have to cede nearly 17,000 acres to Bangladesh,” she added.

In the Teesta Water Agreement, too, she added, the Centre said different things in the draft and the final stage.

“Why is the central government in so much hurry to give away our land and water without the consent of the state government? What type of politics is the Centre trying to play?” she wrote on the social networking site.

She also accused the Centre of disturbing peace in Darjeeling.

Earlier, too, it has given away land from Assam and Tripura to Bangladesh, the CM added.

“The interest of states should not be compromised in this way. We strongly urge the central government to follow the established federal norms of the country in the interest of its civilians,” she wrote.


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