Kolkata: Yet another bombshell has been dropped on the Congress-led Centre by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, this time over excess drainage of water from the Farakka barrage to Bangladesh. In a strongly-worded letter to the Prime Minister, Banerjee called the Centre's delay in repairing two sluice gates of the barrage a criminal conspiracy.
Her letter states, "This looks like a man-made disaster planned to plunge West Bengal into a crisis, and to provide 'water' bonanza to Bangladesh."
Mamata has argued that Bangladesh receives more water because of the government's failure to repair the sluice gates of the Farraka barrage. She says that the southern districts of West Bengal are in a crisis as the river water is going to Bangladesh.
The outburst came even as Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai met the Trinamool leader, presumably to convince her about the Teesta Water Sharing Treaty with Bangladesh....more
12:12 AM, Feb 19, 2012