The Government is set to make a final push for getting the India-Bangladesh land boundary pact through Parliament on the coming Wednesday. External affairs minister Salman Khurshid is slated for talks with West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday regarding the bill.
The government is determined to table the Constitution (one hundred and nineteenth) Amendment Bill, 2013, for ratifying the land boundary pact in the Rajya Sabha, senior government officials told HT.
New Delhi has consistently assured Dhaka that it is committed to passing the bill at the winter session of Parliament. The bill is of acute significance to the ruling Awami League in poll-bound Bangladesh. However, the impending general elections in India also make it a tough task for the UPA to build consensus among political parties on it.
“We are determined to table the bill. We hope all parties will step their political considerations aside and come together on the land-boundary agreement, which is of mutual benefit to India and Bangladesh,” a senior government functionary told HT. Sources said they were still unsure of the Trinamool’s stand despite the West Bengal government having given its written consent.
“It must be noted that our state of West Bengal will get only about 7,000 acres of land but will have to recede 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 Banerjee had written on Facebook.
The BJP is opposed to the bill, but the government is hopeful that at least they could table it.
India and Bangladesh share a 4,096 km land boundary covering five states of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram. The pact will resolve the issues of undemarcated boundary, exchange of enclaves and the adversely possessed land.