Will Parliament oblige a country that was ranked as the most trusted by Indians in the CNN-IBN- The Hindu Election Tracker survey?
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, whose country won that accolade, arrived here on Thursday for meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley for clarity on whether Parliament will be able to pass a Constitutional Amendment Bill in its session beginning Monday.
The Bill, if passed, will put the final seal of approval on the settlement negotiated by the two countries during the tenure of the Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The introduction of the Bill, which requires two-thirds of members present to vote in favour, therefore needs bipartisan support.
It was stalled in the Rajya Saha during the last session following Opposition protests.
At a public engagement here, Dr. Moni expressed Bangladesh’s desire to settle the outstanding land boundary issues with India and said it would be an election issue in her country along with the Teesta Treaty, which could not be signed due to opposition from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
In the past, differences over the outstanding issues led to armed skirmishes, killings and undocumented immigration, causing bad blood between the two countries. “People when they vote will take into account. It will happen,” she said about the two issues.