Kolkata: In the wake of strong reservations on the Teesta water sharing deal voiced by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her backing out from the Bangladesh visit, the political circle in Kolkata has heated up.

After her completion of 110 days as the CM, political experts are of the view that this is the first big blow by Banerjee to the Centre which may have repercussions on the Prime Minister’s visit to Bangladesh.

Banerjee opposed the Teesta agreement citing the factor that it would hamper the agriculture in North Bengal thus adversely affecting the living of the people in that region.

The Left Front has opined that this has been a major lapse of responsibility on the part of Banerjee in the capacity of a Chief Minister whereas CPI-M leader Shyamal Chakraborty said, “this is nothing but a political gimmick by her.”

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Central Committee member, Mohammed Salim, termed it as a political stunt.

Notably, the Left Front had always argued for the cancellation of the Teesta agreement in favour for the development of the farmers, albeit the stand taken by the Chief Minister was not acceptable to them.

"What were the two parties doing during the discussion and finalisation of the draft? This is a ploy to confuse the masses," Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) state secretary Kshiti Goswami said.

Disapproving Mamata’s stand on the agreement, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said, "This is not the way to protest."
"Her decision is against our political and federal tradition," said the CPI MP.

"Bangladesh has always been a sensitive issue for India. This will surely hamper Indo-Bangladesh relationship. A friendly neighbour is always needed strategically," Forward Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas said.

(JPN/ Bureau)