Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bangladesh is not considering Mamata’s proposal: Inu

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2017-04-10 17:47:41 BdST


Bangladesh is not considering West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s proposal to share waters of four smaller rivers instead of the Teesta, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said.

“We are not giving importance to this proposal. The focus is on the Teesta,” he told the media commenting on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India on Monday.

Hasina’s four-day tour ends on Monday without breaking the Teesta stalemate.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi however said the leaders of the two nations will end the deadlock.

Inu claimed that the government has the authority to sign a deal with any country and then update the president on it.

“The government is not bound to discuss it with the public or in parliament beforehand. Such a practice does not exist anywhere across the globe,” said Inu, also president of Awami League’s ally Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal.

The three defence-related deals with India will help the Bangladesh army grow stronger, he said.

“Bangladesh buys 70-80 percent of military equipment from China. These deals (with India) will help us reduce our dependence on one source.”