Coming a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about water being a potential source of conflict in this region; it’s a sign of growing pressure on the Indian government to get moving on Teesta accord. According to sources, the Centre has been working hard to get West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to get off the bench on this agreement. Since this is now linked to Banerjee’s own wish list from the Centre, there is expectation in the government that a political deal could be worked out after the current Parliament session ends on May 22.
In his joint press interaction on Monday, Krishna said, “We are trying to develop a political consensus in India. It is important that the views of all those who are dependent on the waters are taken into account and the burden is shared fairly and equitably. Meanwhile, there is no change in the ground situation. The waters are flowing, and in the last technical-level meeting held in Kolkata in February, both sides exchanged data at Dalia in Bangladesh and Gazaldoba in India.” Bangladesh figured prominently in the discussions between Krishna and Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, he said.
However, Moni expressed satisfaction at the trajectory of the bilateral relationship. “Lot of things is moving ahead. From our point of view, our trade has nearly trebled in the last three ears. We're very happy. We will see more investments from India.”
While she is unwilling to make a direct linkage between Teesta and Bangladesh giving transit rights to India, Moni was clear that the former would “create a conducive environment” for other, more difficult agreements.