Teesta issue to be resolved during Modi's new term, Quader hopes

FE Online Desk | Published: May 24, 2019 14:56:06 | Updated: May 24, 2019 18:15:28

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader -- File Photo

Ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader hopes that all the outstanding issues between Bangladesh and India, including the Teesta river water-sharing, will be resolved during the new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has scored a historic win and thus is returning to power with a stronger mandate. I hope that all outstanding issues with India, including the Teesta river water-sharing, will be resolved this time," he said, replying a reporters' query, during a press conference at Dhanmandi-3 in Dhaka city on Friday.

The press conference follows a presidium meeting held at the political office of the Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, now the prime minister, with Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, in the chair, local media reports say.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called her Indian counterpart Modi and extended heartiest congratulations to him on his party’s landslide victory in the general elections. She also invited him to visit Bangladesh.

Official data from the Election Commission shows that Modi's BJP has won 296 of the 542 seats up for grabs and was ahead in seven more, up from the 282 it won in 2014. This victory has earned the BJP the first back-to-back majority in the lower house of parliament as a single party since 1984.

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