- Mamata Banerjee to meet PM at dinner for Sheikh Hasina
- Bangladesh wants water-sharing agreement for River Teesta
- Mamata Banerjee has in the past opposed terms of treaty
During her visit, Bangladesh and India are likely to sign up to 35 agreements and memoranda of understanding. Some will boost bilateral trade and investment and cooperation in the energy sector as well as better security along the highly-porous border between the two countries.
India is also expected to announce a fresh credit worth about $5 billion for infrastructure projects like railways, roads and waterways as Delhi moves to counter China's influence in neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh. Last year, Dhaka bought two submarines from China. India is prepped to sign a defense deal with Bangladesh during Sheikh Hasina's trip.
VIP status, however, is vested in a water-sharing treaty for the River Teesta, a cross-boundary river like the Ganga. India has promised to resolve long-running differences, but Ms Banerjee said just days ago, "I have not been told anything about the treaty."
An earlier attempt by then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to sign the treaty when he visited Dhaka in 2011 was truncated by Ms Banerjee's opposition - she pulled out of the trip.
India and Bangladesh share nearly 50 rivers; only the waters of one are governed by an agreement.
For Sheikh Hasina, progress on a water-sharing agreement will be a huge accomplishment to show off before Bangladesh votes for its next government in 2018.
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