India to partner in Bangladesh's economic development

Modi, Sheikh Hasina hold talks on key issues

Referring to Mamata's no change of stand on Teesta water sharing, Menon said Teesta has no alternative to save desertification in the northern region of the country.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's four-day long visit in India concluded on April 10.

Teesta has been on the top of Hasina's agenda when she met Modi on Saturday.

Mentioning about the January 5, 2014 national election, Khaleda said: "The then Indian government had very nakedly interfered into Bangladesh's internal politics ahead of the farcical election".

This was Hasina's first visit to India after nearly seven years. India is fully committed to be a partner in Bangladesh's economic development. However, the Opposition parties have been berating her for not being able to sign the Teesta water treaty, which has taken centrestage in Dhaka's domestic politics as well as in the Indo-Bangla bilateral ties. However, it seems that Banerjee has agreed to discuss the matter, sources said. "This tour totally is successful", said the prime minister. Earlier he had said that India is "incomplete" without Pakistan's Sindh.

While Modi has reiterated his government's commitment to signing of the pact, Mamata has insisted that instead of Teesta, the government should look at other river systems to share water with Bangladesh.

"Comprehensive, basin wise solution to water sharing of all common rivers holds key to our common future". "But Modiji has given the assurance that he is there to see what happens", she said in a statement. He said, India is working with Bangladesh in new areas such as hydrocarbons.

She said the Indian business community can take full advantage of Bangladesh's steady economic growth, high demographic dividend, low business cost and large consumer base, noting that "to facilitate further investments, a "One Stop Service Act" is now being finalised".

Her government has also worked towards large scale socio-economic amelioration for the people, to bring about social stability, ensure that any form, explicit or implicit, of anti-India activity is thwarted and rooted out, and endeavoured for a peaceful, yet well-guarded border with India.

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