A Bangladesh newspaper has claimed that in the last four months, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has not met the Indian High Commissioner despite several requests. Bhorer Kagose has said in his report that all Indian projects have slowed down after Sheikh Hasina became PM again in 2019, while Dhaka is giving more attention to China’s infrastructure projects.
Hasina did not meet Indian High Commissioner
Shyamal Dutta, the editor of the newspaper, wrote in an article on Bangladesh leaning towards Pakistan and China, “Despite India’s concern, Bangladesh gave the contract for the airport terminal at Sylhet to the Chinese company. Indian High Commissioner Rewa Ganguly has been trying to get an appointment to meet the Bangladesh PM for four months but cannot meet. Bangladesh has not even thanked India for helping to tackle the epidemic of Korana virus.
Contract awarded to Chinese company
Sylhet is bordering the northeast of India and is considered a sensitive area. Bangladesh has given the contract to build MAG Osmania Airport here to Beijing Urban Construction Company. The Hindu quoted a political source as saying that the Bangladesh High Commission in India had confirmed that the Indian ambassador had sought time to meet with Hasina but could not get an appointment yet.
Pakistan-Bangladesh close proximity, Imran calls Hasina
Imran spoke to Hasina
This information has come at a time when Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday. The statement issued by the Pakistani Prime Minister’s Office said that during the 15-minute telephonic conversation, Khan appreciated the steps taken by the Bangladeshi leadership to stop the infection. Pakistan and Bangladesh’s proximity to India may become a matter of concern for India during rising tensions with China.
Soured relations with India
India’s relations with Bangladesh began to deteriorate when the National Civil Register and the Citizenship Amendment Act, which provided for citizenship to minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. At this, Bangladesh said that this is an internal matter of India but after the news of sending Bangladeshi citizens back, the situation started to get sour. At the same time, Dhaka media has also claimed that the incidents of killing of people at the hands of BSF along the Indo-Bangladesh border have increased.