After the meeting, Ali said: “There was a discussion with Banerjee in connection with the threat. We had earlier discussed about the threat given to the monks of Ramakrishna Mission in Bangladesh. There has always been support in terms of security. Banerjee has expressed her concern and has
assured support in this connection. I have also let the Chief Minister know what the External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj discussed with us about the threat to the monks.”
It may be recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had expressed concern over the threats. Banerjee had also spoken to Sheikh Hasina and had expressed her concern. Security arrangements -- in and around the Math that began functioning in 1899 -- were beefed up.
When asked whether there was any discussion over the Teesta river water sharing treaty, he said that Banerjee had assured to keep faith on her, when she was told about it during her visit to Bangladesh. “Today, we just mentioned the talks about the treaty that were held earlier,” Ali said.
It may be recollected that there was a speculation that the treaty would get signed between India and Bangladesh during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the neighbouring country. But it was not signed as Banerjee had raised concern over its effect on north Bengal.
The Centre had clearly stated that the matter will not get settled until and unless the state gives its nod.
In a reply to a question about availability of Padma Hilsa in the market of West Bengal, Ali said that Bangladesh is always interested in exporting Hilsa to India, mainly to West Bengal. But fishes need to get transported within a short time. Hence that sort of transport facility has to be in place.