The Opposition Congress on Tuesday raised the issue of high onion prices in the Lok Sabha and accused the ruling BJP of scuttling discussion on it by creating ruckus in the lower house. The prices of onion, a key kitchen staple for Indians, have skyrocketed over the last few months. The onions were being sold at a very high price of up to Rs 100 per kg in major Indian cities.
Taking a sharp dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury used his 2014 poll plank of "Na khaunga na khane dunga" (Modi had said this referring to hios resolve to stop corruption but the exact translation means, will neither eat myself nor let others eat).
Chowdhury said the Congress gave a notice for adjournment motion to discuss the issue of onion prices, but when the opportunity "came for us to speak", the ruling party people began to create a ruckus for no reason.
"From the economic situation, Jammu and Kashmir to farmer’s distress --- the issues on which this government is unable to answer, what does it do - it tries to escape. When we wanted to raise the issue of onions in Parliament, they did not let the issue to be raised and created a ruckus," he said.
He further said that the ruling party itself does not let the House function and they themselves impose all possible restrictions to not allow the House to run.
"This is our biggest complaint against the government and against the ruling party and we want to register this complaint of the general public through the media," Chowdhury said.