Sheila slams BJP for ‘politicising’ onion price rise issue

Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party had also started selling the vegetable in some localities.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 20, 2013 12:58 am

With the BJP in Delhi trying to use the rise in onion prices to its advantage ahead of the Delhi elections later this year,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday hit out at the Opposition for “politicising” the issue and resorting to “gimmicks” of selling the kitchen staple at low rates.

“One political party opened four outlets. Another party,which is trying to be a political party,opened two outlets. These parties are trying political gimmicks to gain political mileage,” Dikshit said.

The BJP on Sunday started selling onions at Rs 25 a kg against the market rate of around Rs 80,and had demanded immediate removal of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf for his “complete failure” to stabilise the rates. Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party had also started selling the vegetable in some localities.

The Delhi government is selling onions between Rs 50-55 per kg in over 1,000 points across the city. Dikshit said her government was doing “everything possible” to stabilise the prices of onion by ensuring its adequate supply in the wholesale vegetable markets.

On the possible impact of high onion prices in the upcoming Assembly elections,as the BJP last lost the race to Congress in 1998 following a sharp rise in onion prices,Dikshit said unlike the BJP regime,her government was taking all steps necessary to bring down the prices.

“The BJP government was defeated in 1998 due to high onion prices. They (BJP) think it will happen to us. What will happen to us will be known in the elections. The BJP government fell because it did not try to help the people. It did not make any intervention to stabilise the onion price,” Dikshit said.

She said the BJP-ruled states have failed also failed to bring down the prices. “The government in Madhya Pradesh criticised the Centre. But here the party is targeting us. The price of onion has gone up everywhere,” the CM said.

Maintaining there was no scarcity in the availability of onions in Delhi,Dikshit said 3,200 tonnes of onions arrived in the city on Monday as against the daily demand of 1,000 tonnes.

“The government has been regularly intervening to bring down the prices of essential commodities including onions,wheat flour,pulses,potatoes,etc. Our government is taking action according to the responsibilities entrusted to it by the people. Ours is a sensitive government,hence,it acted swiftly on taking note of soaring onion prices and the price has been brought down from Rs 80-90 per kg to Rs 45-50 per kg,” she said.

Dikshit said onions were being sold at about Rs 45 per kg on Monday. The prices are expected further go down to Rs 35-40 per kg from Tuesday.

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