West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said she would have shared Teesta water with Bangladesh had there been enough water available. “Bangladesh has stopped giving us Hilsa. This is because we could not give them Teesta water. We would have given if we had surplus water,” Ms. Banerjee said on the floor of the State Legislative Assembly.The sharing of Teesta water is a major bilateral issue between India and Bangladesh. Ms. Banerjee has said that entire north Bengal will run dry if the water was shared with Bangladesh. Instead, she has proposed sharing the waters of other north Bengal rivers such as Torsa, Manshai, Sankosh and Dhansai.
The government on Thursday hit out at the civil society members, led by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, over the Lokpal bill saying they go to public after every meeting “which is not right”. Law Minister Veerappa Moily said, “I am the convenor of the Lokpal drafting committee. We are keen to bring the bill. It is our genuine intention to bring the bill in Parliament in the monsoon session. But we observe that after every meeting is over, the civil society members go to public attacking us. This is not right.” On Wednesday, the seventh Lokpal drafting committee meeting ended in a deadlock, with Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal saying another meeting would take place on June 20, where the members ‘will try to arrive at a consensus’. RTI activist and panel member Arvind Kejriwal had said on Wednesday the meeting was not good and nothing would come out of it. “Out of forty issues, we had agreement on 34 issues and disagreement on six issues,” Moily said on Thursday. “They wanted a big Lokpal, we agreed. We agreed to every demand, but are we drafting a legislation or redrafting the Constitution for the Lokpal? They want changes in Constitution. Do they want to rewrite their Constitution? We want to bring a legislative bill, not a constitutional amendment,” Moily added. Attacking the government a day after the breakdown of talks over Lokpal draft bill, Hazare threatened to go on a hunger strike again accusing it of being uninterested in a strong bill. Referring to the government announcements on two drafts in case of disagreements, Hazare stated that he was not optimistic about expecting anything from the government anymore. advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.