NEW DELHI, Aug 20 � In a fresh bid to break the logjam over introduction of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with Bangladesh, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has convened a meeting with All India Trinamool Congress MPs on August 24.
What is surprising though is that the MEA has not invited AGP MP Biren Baishya to the meeting. AGP has one MP each in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
As reported, Khurshid had last evening called up West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata to discuss the issue. The West Bengal Chief Minister constituted a three-member team of MPs, led by Sudip Bandhopadhya, to discuss the impasse with the Central government.
Meanwhile, the CPM on Tuesday accused the Trinamool Congress and BJP of backtracking on the issue of supporting the LBA with Bangladesh. When Trinamool Congress was part of the UPA II, it had supported the agreement. They should now explain why they had supported the Agreement then and why it is opposed to it now,� said Politburo Member Sitaram Yechury.
As for the role of BJP, he said that at an all-party meeting convened by the government, both BJP and Trinamool Congress had extended its support to the land swap deal, said Yechury.
As reported, the CPM has already extended its support to the Bill in the larger interest of India-Bangladesh relations.