Why Mamata Ditched
- She was willing to give Bangladesh 25,000 cusecs from the Teesta, but the agreement provided 33000 cusecs
- New Delhi said 8,000 cusecs over her limit was to come from Sikkim, Teesta’s place of origin
- Fear that Sikkim could deprive Bengal of 8,000 cusecs, in the absence of a formal agreement
- Feared the opposition could exploit the water issue
In the end, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s carefully choreographed and much-anticipated visit to Dhaka didn’t deliver the expected all-round success. No doubt, India put on the table a lavish set of agreements to bolster Bangladesh’s economy and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s domestic position, but what soured the mood during Manmohan’s visit last week was New Delhi’s failure to offer a conclusive deal over the sharing of the Teesta waters. Apprehensive of the Opposition exploiting the contentious water issue,...