Akbar hope for consensus on Teesta water treaty

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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
14 Apr 2017

Announcing that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will keep his commitment regarding the proposed Teesta-water distribution treaty with Bangladesh, M J Akbar, the minister of state (MOS) for external affairs hoped that a consensus in this regard would soon be reached.

Akbar met the media persons at district BJP headquarter at Shyamaprasad Bhawan before heading to attend a meeting of party officials of Malda north parliamentary constituency in Gazole today. “Teesta-water distribution is a crucial issue of international level. We all must understand its necessity and act accordingly,” Akbar said. However, he asserted that the Prime Minister would resolve the matter according to his commitment. The MOS external affairs claimed that Kulbhushan Yadav who was sentenced to death by an army court in Pakistan recently was denied justice. “The Indian national was nabbed by Pakistan unlawfully from another country and he was not offered due justice. It is a serious issue and the Government of India (GOI) is dealing with the matter very seriously. Rajnath Singh, the Union home minister and Sushma Swaraj, the minister of external affairs have taken up the issue. We hope that our neighbouring country would act considering the gravity of the matter,” Akbar said.

Referring to a report of economist Amartya Sen, the veteran journalist turned politician said: “87 percent of the minorities in West Bengal are living below poverty line even after 70 years of the country’s independence. Congress, Left parties and Trinamool Congress have ruled the state during all these years. Hence, before stimulating the minorities against BJP, those parties should stand before the mirror. BJP believes in development of underprivileged people of all sects and religions.” Terming the Trinamool rule as “the curse for West Bengal,” Akbar said: “The state’s ruling party has made corruption its habit. While the leaders, ministers and people’s representatives of Trinamool are accepting money without any prick of conscience, the party supremo has been defending them. Such a corrupt government is a deterrent for the state’s development.”

Hinting that BJP leadership is quite happy with considerable increase in percentage of votes in south Kontai Assembly by-election Akbar said, “The result shows that BJP is the only option to dethrone Trinamool.” He said that senior BJP leaders and ministers from Delhi and other states would frequent to West Bengal from now onwards to encourage the party workers act strongly to face the upcoming elections.