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Teesta deal to be inked during Hasina, Modi’s tenures: Quader

DHAKA, June 7, 2017 (BSS) - The much talked Tessta agreement would be signed between Bangladesh and India during the tenure of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.

"Indian government is sincere and firm in striking the Teesta water sharing deal during the current tenure of Narendra Modi," he told reporters after a meeting with Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla at 'Shetu Bhaban' at city's Mohakhali here today.

Quader, who is also the general secretary of ruling Awami League, said, "We are also optimistic about the issue as the Teesta agreement will be concluded during the present government's tenure".

Quader said he had conveyed the concern of Bangladesh people about Teesta to Indian High Commissioner in today's meeting.

He quoted the Indian High Commissioner as saying that the Teesta agreement will be concluded during the tenure of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Quader said Chief Minister Manik Sarkar of Indian state of Tripura will be coming to Dhaka on July 8 to discuss the construction of a bridge on Feni River as the premiers of the two countries jointly laid the foundation stone of the bridge in the capital during Narendra Modi's Bangladesh visit.

The implementation of the road projects under the second line of Credit (LoC) of India and immediate import and tender process for procuring spare parts of BRTC buses and trucks as well as road construction materials also came up for discussion during the meeting.

The Awami League General Secretary said they felt bad as BNP did not join the last general election despite repeated requests by them.

Urging the BNP to join the next general election, Quader expressed the hope that BNP will take part in the election.

He said, "Election of Bangladesh is not an affair of India as it will be held in Bangladesh according to its constitution."

The minister said the election will be held in a free and fair manner. "The next general election will be held like the Narayanganj and Camilla city corporation polls," he added.

Shringla told reporters that both India and Bangladesh governments have discussed line of Credit (LOC) between the two countries to implement the various road projects in Bangladesh. "Hopefully, we will start work in the process of tender soon," the high commissioner added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)