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