Told cook to make food with onions – Hasina informs Piyush Goyal in a dig at export ban.
New Delhi: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had a couple of punches booked for Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal Friday because she taunted him banning export of onion”unexpectedly with no previous notice”.
Hasina, who is about a four-day India trip, was talking at an event organised under the aegis of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi.
“I wish you’d advised us suddenly putting a halt in export of onions. I had to tell my cook I don’t have any other choice but to consume my food . I would ask India to please inform us ahead while taking such an action. After all, we’re acquaintances,” Hasina said in Hindi.
She added that there has been a huge possibility of two-way commerce between New Delhi and Dhaka, even though it stays in India’s favour.
Her remarks came after India had prohibited the export of onions to tame prices that inflated because of crop damage and reduced harvest of their vegetable after heavy rains. India is one of the best worldwide exporters of onion. In 2018, the nation sold 2.2 billion pound of onions for about $514.3 million, based on official figures.
‘Daily train between India and Bangladesh soon’
She said how Bangladesh is expecting a GDP growth rate of 8.2 per cent in this financial.
Discussing increased company ties, the Bangladesh further said that this is the age of economic and not political diplomacy.
Goyalin the meanwhile, assured Hasina the India will participate heavily in building smooth railroad connectivity between both countries. In addition, he said that New Delhi had been looking at creating a corridor between India and Bangladesh to expand people-to-people connectivity.
“There should be end-to-end connectivity and that will be beneficial for both nations for people-to-people movement. We’ll soon have a daily train operating between India and Bangladesh,” he added.
The Union minister further said spiritual ties between New Delhi and Dhaka have taken a”quantum leap” since 2014. He also added the way the land boundary agreement between the two countries, which was signed in 2015, had happened in a peaceful manner.