PM defends LPG export to India amid criticism

Published: October 09, 2019 16:25:03 | Updated: October 10, 2019 10:49:03

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressing a press conference at her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Wednesday about the outcome of her recent official visits to New York and New Delhi — Focus Bangla photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has defended Bangladesh’s plan to export liquefied petroleum gas to India, responding to criticism of the bilateral deal.

India on October 5 signed three pacts with Bangladesh, including the deal for importing LPG during Hasina’s visit to New Delhi.

 “Everybody must know Sheikh Hasina will never compromise on the interests of Bangladesh,” she said.

“The truth is, LPG is a new addition to our export basket,” she said at a media briefing at her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Wednesday, reports bdnews24.com.

LPG is not an original product of Bangladesh, Hasina said. LPG is prepared by refining petroleum, and is almost entirely derived from fossil fuel sources, being manufactured during the refining of crude oil.

"The gas we are supplying to Tripura is imported. It is just like any other product we export so there shouldn't be any misunderstanding over it," the prime minister said.

Hasina was addressing the media on her recently concluded visits to the US and India.

The deal to export of LPG to India amid an ongoing gas crisis in Bangladesh raised a lot of eyebrows.

Addressing the issue, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Tuesday said, "We are not exporting any gas produced in Bangladesh. We are only exporting the LPG imported by Bangladeshi businessmen."

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