TMC Criticizes Centre on Ganga Treaty Renewal: Key Issues Raised

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) criticized the central government for not consulting West Bengal before initiating negotiations with Bangladesh for renewing the 1996 Ganga Water Sharing Treaty. Concerns over floods, erosion, and unpaid dues were raised, arguing the state's interests were sidelined in the decision-making process.


PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 23-06-2024 17:26 IST | Created: 23-06-2024 17:26 IST
TMC Criticizes Centre on Ganga Treaty Renewal: Key Issues Raised
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The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal voiced strong criticism against the central government on Sunday for not seeking the state's input before commencing negotiations with Bangladesh for the renewal of the 1996 Ganga Water Sharing Treaty.

TMC's Parliamentary Party Leader in Rajya Sabha, Derek O'Brien, expressed that the state, being a crucial party to the treaty, was bypassed in the consultation process. 'Farakka-Ganga treaty is being renewed without consulting West Bengal,' he stated, while emphasizing that dues from the previous agreement remain unsettled.

O'Brien also highlighted the cessation of dredging activities in the Ganga as a significant contributor to floods and erosion in the region. He perceived this move as part of a broader scheme that unfairly impacts Bengal. Saturday's announcement by Prime Minister Modi regarding the initiation of technical-level talks with Bangladesh, and the release of a 'Shared Vision' document, sparked these reactions from the TMC leadership.

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