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Delhi blames M.P. for soaring onion prices

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“Large-scale hoarding in the BJP-ruled State resulted in the crisis; politicising the issue very unfortunate”

A woman choosing her pick of onions at a Delhi market on Wednesday.- Photo: Kamal Narang
A woman choosing her pick of onions at a Delhi market on Wednesday.- Photo: Kamal Narang

The Delhi Government on Wednesday appealed to the Madhya Pradesh Government to come down hard on hoarders as onion prices soared in the Capital. Delhi gets its supply of onions from a number of States, including Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, and thus Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf alleged that hoarding of onions in the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled State has resulted in the escalation of its rates in Delhi.

“The supply of onions to Delhi has been affected also due to large-scale hoarding in Madhya Pradesh. I think they are doing it with a purpose,” Mr. Yusuf said. “I appeal to the Madhya Pradesh Government to come down hard on hoarders. The BJP should not take the help of onion prices to win elections in Delhi,” he said, while addressing a press conference with Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan here.

Mr. Yusuf, however, denied reports that onion hoarding is taking place in the Capital and said the Delhi Government has been keeping a strict vigil so that no trader is able to hoard the vegetable. The Delhi Government has once again started selling onions at Rs. 60 per kg through mobile vans at 1,000 points across the city, he claimed.

“The BJP is politicising the issue which is very unfortunate. During BJP rule in 1998, the onion was selling at Rs 80 per kg. If you calculate the inflation and other parameters, the rate should have touched Rs. 700 if you compare it with the rate 15 years ago,” Mr. Yusuf said.

Mr. Chauhan, who is in-charge of wholesale vegetable markets in the Capital, said the prices are expected to come down significantly in the next 5-10 days. “We are doing everything possible to stabilise the rates,” he said.

The Minister said arrival of onion in Delhi used to be around 2,000 to 2,500 tons per day but the city has only received a total of 1,500 tons in the last two days.

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