Modi plans visit to Bangladesh ahead of National Elections

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to visit neighbors Bangladesh and Bhutan in the next few months as the two countries prepare for the national elections next year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina during a joint press conference at Hyderabad house in New Delhi, April 2017. © PTI

According to a report Dhaka is expecting a positive outcome from Teesta River water sharing deal with Delhi which may increase the popularity of ruling Awami League in the election year.

 

Dhaka is expecting a positive outcome from Teesta River water sharing deal with Delhi which may increase the popularity of ruling Awami League in the election year

 

During the Indian Prime minister’s visit, Bangladesh will concentrate on the implementation the BRI project (One Belt One Road Initiative) in Bangladesh. Besides, Bhutan already has plans of a new power project supported by India. Although the dates of the Prime minister’s visit have not been finalised, he is scheduled to be there at the beginning of the year. Sources in South Block confirm that he is closely monitoring the progress in this matter.

According to Bangladesh experts, the Sheikh Hasina government is working ‘smartly’ on the China issue. Chinese companies are working on a number of projects in Bangladesh. Meanwhile China has allocated $ 23 billion through the Belt and Road Initiative, but the offer still lies unaccepted by the Bangladesh Govt. India’s reaction towards this Chinese initiatives is a matter of concern to Dhaka. ■

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