Bangladesh to sell LPG only to India: PM

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Dhaka, October 09: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said it is not natural gas rather it is imported liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) which will be bottled here and then sold to India.“Bangladesh is importing LPG from abroad. We will export the LPG to India after bottling and meeting the demands of Bangladeshi people,” she said

The premier came up with the assertion while addressing media at Ganobhaban in the capital.

A vested quarter has been criticising the government saying that Bangladesh is going to sell natural gas to India, she said.

A press conference is being held at her official residence Gono Bhaban in Dhaka at 3:30pm, which has been arranged to brief media about the outcome of her recent official visits to USA and India.

She also trashed the allegation that anti-state bilateral documents were signed during her recent India tour, saying it cannot happen that Sheikh Hasina will sacrifice the country’s interests.

“Those who have raised questions and talked (about the deals with India) have forgotten the past.  It can never happen that Sheikh Hasina will sell Bangladesh’s interests and everyone should know it,” the Prime Minister said.

“We’ll import LPG from abroad and export it to India after bottling it. LPG is not natural gas and it’s not produced in Bangladesh,” Sheikh Hasina said.

On October 5, Bangladesh and India signed seven bilateral documents, aiming to further strengthen the relations between the two countries.

The documents were signed, exchanged, adopted and handed over after a meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at New Delhi’s Hyderabad House.

The two prime ministers also jointly inaugurated three bilateral development partnership projects — import of bulk LPG from Bangladesh, Vivekananda Bhaban (student hostel) at Ramakrishna Mission in Dhaka and Bangladesh-India Professional Skill Development Institute in Bangladesh.