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Mamata questions Centre's hurry to give India's land and water to Bangladesh
West Bengal Chief Minister wondered that why the Government of India is in hurry to give away our land and our water without the consent of the state government. What type of politics the Central Government is trying to play, she asked.

Mamata Bannerjee alleged that a letter regarding the proposed Demarcation of Land Boundary between India and Bangladesh has been leaked to the media by the Government of India recently.

Stating that there have been many developments and after detailed examination, she discussed the issue several times with the Ministers of External Affairs during the last two years. She made it clear that it is indeed difficult to accept the present proposal of giving away land to Bangladesh without agreement from the state Government.

Recalling the case of Teesta Water Agreement, she accused that during the draft stage, the Government of India had said something, but proposed something totally different in the final stage. Like this, she said,  in the Land Boundary Agreement, State Government had mentioned to the National Security Advisor and the previous and present Ministers of External Affairs, the need for obtaining consent from the people residing in the areas that are to be transferred.

She pointed out that it must be noted that her state of West Bengal will get only about 7000 acres of land but will have to recede nearly 17,000 acres of land to Bangladesh. She asserted that this cannot be accepted without taking into confidence and consent of the local people who live in the transferable areas.

She deplored that recently, they have disturbed the peaceful situation in Darjeeling. Earlier also, she said that they gave away land from Assam and Tripura to the concerned country. She said that the interests of the states cannot be compromised this way.

She strongly urged that the Central Government must follow the established federal norms of the country in the interest of overall wellbeing of the country and its people. “Though we maintain friendship and good relations with Bangladesh, but it should not be at the cost of the people of West Bengal”, she added.

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