Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off as many as 70 trucks carrying onions at the Delhi Secretariat, a day after he announced that AAP government would sell the vegetable to the citizens at the price of 23.90 per kg instead of Rs 60/kg across the city at 400 ration shops. However, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari has alleged that the AAP government is trying to reap profits by selling onion at a higher price at Rs 23.90 per kg. He claimed that the Delhi government is procuring onions at Rs 15.60 per kg from the Centre, and selling them at Rs 23.90 per kg. Manoj Tiwari has also alleged that Arvind Kejriwal government has failed to check the "black marketing" of onions.
"The Centre is giving onion to Delhi government at the rate of Rs 15.90 per kg so that people in the city do not face the pinch of soaring onion prices. However, the Delhi government has announced to sell onions at the rate Rs 23.90 per kg which means it is trying to earn profit from it. The Delhi government has failed to check black marketing of onion while middlemen are fleecing the people," the Delhi BJP chief claimed, as per news agency PTI.
Responding to Manoj Tiwari's allegations, the AAP government has stated that the purchasing and selling prices of onion are fixed by the Centre. The Delhi govt official also claimed that the government has no say in deciding the retail prices of the vegetable. AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj also maintained that the remarks made by the Delhi BJP MP are "frivolous".
"The rates at which we will get onions and the rates at which subsidised onions are sold are decided by his own central government. We would be happy if he could help in reducing those rates further," the AAP leader said in a statement.
However, rubbishing AAP leader Bhardwaj's statement, Rajya Sabha MP and former Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel claimed the Centre has not fixed any price for selling onion. He stated that the Centre has said that onions cannot be sold beyond Rs 23.90 per kg, therefore it can be sold at a lower price.
Meanwhile, Delhi assembly elections are scheduled to take place early next year. While BJP is gearing up for the elections, AAP leaders have claimed that they will form the government in the national capital once again.
(With PTI inputs)