Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a program in Delhi in 2017. -Getty
The victory of Trinamool Congress in the recent election of West Bengal has much relevance in terms of Bangladesh. Senior Indian journalist Goutam Lahiri has remarked that there are relief, unease and worries for Bangladesh as far as West Bengal's election is concerned.Trinamool Congress top leader and West Bengal's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee opposed the Teesta water sharing treaty. It is a matter of concern for Bangladesh whether Mamata Banerjee will continue to contradict over this issue.
Former foreign secretary Towhid Hossain said that there will be no rapid change of West Bengal's stance over the Teesta phenomenon. Goutam Lahiri stated that the victory of Mamata Banerjee is a cause of relief for Bangladesh too. If Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the polls, they would have initiated Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) but Trinamool Congress is not doing anything like that. Bangladesh would have had a communal concern if BJP won the recent election in West Bengal.
Mamata Banerjee was angry over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Gopalganj during his trip to Bangladesh in March 2021. Narendra Modi spoke to the Matua community in Orakandi of Gopalganj district. Mamata Banerjee expressed furious reactions over Narendra Modi's speech at Orakandi.
Mamata Banerjee at that time said that she would not visit Dhaka with Narendra Modi as long as he is India's Prime Minister. Mamata Banerjee's cooperation is required for the smooth implementation of the development projects between Dhaka and Kolkata. However, Goutam Lahiri said that Mamata Banerjee will have to come up with a broader approach as she has won the polls by a big margin.
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