Aap mujh pe bharosa rakhiye, PM Narendra Modi told Sheikh Hasina

At least three Bangladesh officials in Dhaka and New Delhi said they were happy to hear of the development.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: May 8, 2015 2:02 am
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About two weeks ago when the Indian High Commission in Dhaka informally conveyed to the Bangladesh foreign ministry about Delhi’s proposal to keep out Assam from the land boundary agreement, a senior Bangladesh official reminded them what Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

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“Aap mujh pe bharosa rakhiye (have faith in me)”. This is what Modi, with a historic political mandate under his belt, was said to have told Sheikh Hasina on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September last year. He had made this statement at a closed-door meeting, their first after Modi assumed office, when Hasina asked him about the ratification of the land boundary agreement.

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The Bangladesh official was reminding the Indian side of their Prime Minister’s commitment to his counterpart.

For about two weeks, that “faith” dithered as the BJP-led NDA government toyed with the idea of excluding Assam from the purview of its bill on exchanging land with Bangladesh.

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But on Tuesday, as the Constitution (119th Amendment) Bill, 2013, which will allow operationalisation of the 1974 India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement, was cleared by the Cabinet, including enclaves and “adverse possessions” from West Bengal, Meghalaya, Tripura and Assam, Dhaka heaved a sigh of relief.

hasina“Khoborta shune, aamra shosti pelam (after hearing the news, we are relieved),” a senior Bangladesh official told The Indian Express over phone from Dhaka.

At least three Bangladesh officials in Dhaka and New Delhi said they were happy to hear of the development, but were going to watch proceedings this week in the Indian parliament.

“We have been waiting for this moment for almost four years now, after the two countries signed the protocol agreement in September 2011. We don’t want to queer the pitch, since it’s so near and yet so far,” an official in Dhaka said.

Once it is passed in Parliament, the bill will pave the way for ratification of the historic agreement at a formal signing ceremony expected to take place when Modi visits Dhaka, most likely in June.

“There is a strong window of possibility for the visit in June, since our Prime Minister (Sheikh Hasina) is not travelling that month. But it will all depend on the LBA,” the official said.

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    Amit
    May 6, 2015 at 7:55 pm
    At least he is an Indian. Still better then a sophisticated Italian
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      Babumoshai
      May 7, 2015 at 7:05 am
      A statesman-like move by Modiji. It is important to work with neighbours to remove small irritants. However, the recent NSA led publicity mongering in Nepal was a very unwise move. Let us hope such things will not be repeated.
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        master
        May 6, 2015 at 4:51 pm
        Feku the Great.
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          Jay
          May 6, 2015 at 3:48 pm
          signed the protocol agreement in September 2011. So the cake was baked by UPA and the cutting only done by NDA. Stealing credits without shame,
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            John Dsouza
            May 6, 2015 at 6:09 pm
            Stooping so low to get credit on the issue, chaiya walla mentality.
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              Linzhi
              May 6, 2015 at 9:14 am
              Bakwaas Joomla Party is master of lies. Everything is Joomla for them, just for the sake of maligning its opponents and getting votes. There is no sincerity in whatever they say or do.
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                Ahasan
                May 6, 2015 at 9:19 pm
                R u stupid or what?
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                  NM
                  May 6, 2015 at 6:07 pm
                  UPA married to power since 10 years, they always had romance with fancy ideas but, never conceived. NDA not only conceived but delivered a baby in 10 months. This is called Government that works.
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                    lord voldemort
                    May 6, 2015 at 8:40 am
                    modi rocks but what to do with aaptards and corrrupt congress' pappus .. they dont want india shinning... 10 years of corruption scandals and they want modi to fix this in 10 months... how ic.
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