Forced to stop eat­ing onions due to In­dia ex­port ban: Hasina

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New Delhi: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, who is on four-day visit to In­dia, sent out a clear mes­sage about her un­hap­pi­ness over In­dia’s de­ci­sion to ban the ex­port of onions, which is hurt­ing the neigh­bour­ing coun­try.

“There is a prob­lem… you are not send­ing onions, so I am eat­ing [food] with­out onions these days… I have asked my cook to pre­pare dishes with­out onions,” she told TOI in jest dur­ing an in­ter­ac­tion at a re­cep­tion for her at the Bangladesh high com­mis­sion on Thurs­day.

In­dia has banned the ex­port of onions in the wake of sky­rock­et­ing prices of the sta­ple in the do­mes­tic mar­ket as the ex­tended mon­soon de­layed this year’s har­vest.

Hasina re­peated the com­ment in the pres­ence of com­merce min­is­ter Piyush Goyal and oth­ers on Fri­day at the In­dia-Bangladesh busi­ness fo­rum, held on the side­lines of the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum, where she was pitch­ing her coun­try as a fast-grow­ing econ­omy and at­trac­tive busi­ness des­ti­na­tion. She broke off to ask the In­dian gov­ern­ment why the ban was abrupt and her gov­ern­ment was not no­ti­fied in ad­vance about it. Hasina is set to meet PM Naren­dra Modi for bilateral talks here on Satur­day.

“It has be­come dif­fi­cult for us to get onions. I don’t know why you stopped the sup­ply. I’ve asked for food with­out onions!” Hasina again said, evok­ing laugh­ter from the au­di­ence.

Bangladesh PM asked the In­dian govt why the ban was abrupt and her govt was not no­ti­fied in ad­vance The ban on ex­ports by In­dia has pushed up onion price in Dhaka from 40-50 taka to 140 taka per kg

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