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While enjoying his chapatti with chutney,vegetable and dal at a Dalits house in Doda village,Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Monday admitted that meal at Rs 5 in modern India is next to impossible.
This comes days after Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar claiming that a hearty meal in Mumbai can be bought for Rs 12 and party leader Rasheed Masood maintaining that just Rs 5 was sufficient for a meal in Delhi.
Before giving such statements,party leaders need to go out in the market. I believe their wives shop for them and hence,they never realise the actual price for a healthy meal… My wife too complains of inflation at times. In the early 70s,I used to get petrol for 1.75 a litre. With time,quality of life has also changed. So,has the value for money, said Bajwa.
He added: We need to go back to villages and speak to the masses before making such statements. Once we live at villagers or urban areas,we will automatically come to know the cost of living at a particular place. I used to get four oranges at Rs 1 in the early 70s,now four of these are available at Rs 100.
He,however,claimed that he did not blame his UPA government for the rising inflation,as lifestyles have changed a lot over the time.
Bajwa was in Doda block as part of mass contact programme arranged by Gidderbaha MLA Amarinder Raja Warring. While he addressing thousands of workers,he had lunch at the house of Sukhmander Singh alias Bagga Singh,a Congress loyalist.
Asked as whether was trying to follow the footsteps of AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi,he said: It is not the question of copying anyone,but about giving a message to our grassroot level workers that I am always available for them. I live in a village and hence,I am one of them.