Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on February 22 to discuss the issues of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration and "excess flow of water" to Bangladesh through damaged sluice gates on Farakka barrage.

"I have sought an appointment with Prime Minister to discuss the issue of GTA and the problem arising out of excess flow of water to Bangladesh through the broken sluice gates on Farakka barrage. I will discuss these issues with him on Wednesday. I will leave for Delhi tomorrow," she told.

She said that the tripartite agreement on Gorkhaland Territorial Administration had already been signed, but its implementation is being delayed. Why should there be delay? I will seek PM's intervention", she said.

The tripartite agreement was signed in the presence ofHome Minister P Chidambaram, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and GJM chief Bimal Gurung at Pintail village, about 8 km from Siliguri, in July last year.
Asked if she would also discuss the controversial proposal to set up the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) with PM, Banerjee said, "I have already given a letter to the Prime Minister that will speak for itself.

Everything is mentioned in that letter", she said without elaborating further.

Expressing concern over the alleged infringement of federal rights of state, Banerjee in a letter to the Prime Minister, dated February 14, had said "It is difficult for the state government to accept such arbitrary exercise of power by the central government/central agency, which have a bearing on the rights and privilege of the states as enshrined in the Constitution of India."

Last Saturday, Banerjee had alleged that the Centre had kept secret the fact about the two damaged sluice gates on the Farakka Barrage resulting in Bangladesh getting 82,801 cusecs of water as against 35,000 cusecs it is supposed to get during the dry season.


(Agencies)