Delhi BJP leaders protest against rise in onion prices

Its inability to control onion prices had led the Bharitya Janata Party to lose power in Delhi in 1998.

Zee Media Bureau/Kamna Arora

New Delhi: Its inability to control onion prices had led the Bharitya Janata Party (BJP) to lose power in Delhi in 1998. Since then it has failed to return to power.

In 2013, the BJP is all set to take the advantage of soaring onion prices to unnerve the ruling Congress party ahead of the forthcoming Assembly Elections in the national capital territory and 2014 General Elections.

On Wednesday, Delhi BJP leaders protested outside Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit`s residence against rise in onion prices.

The protestors, led by Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel, former health minister Harsh Vardhan and ex-mayor Arti Mehra, began their march from the BJP headquarters at 11 Ashoka Road.

The march was concluded at the Chief Minister`s residence at 8 Janpath, a few kilometres away.

Holding placards, the protestors criticised Dikshit for not curbing the rise in onion prices and demanded that she quit.

Goel further accused the Delhi CM of being hand-in-glove with hoarders and black marketers.

"The people are very angry and they will not spare her (Sheila Dikshit). The BJP will definitely win the upcoming State Assembly Elections (likely to be held in November)," said Goel, promising to bring down the prices immediately after the party comes to power.

Police had barricaded the entire Janpath road, leading to the Chief Minister`s house and also imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (prohibition of assembly of more than five people in an area). The police were also equipped with riot gear and water cannons to ward off any unlawful act by the protestors.

The protest, however, concluded peacefully.
The prices of onions and vegetables have already sent the budgets of many homes in the national capital haywire. The price of onions in the wholesale market on Tuesday was Rs 50 a kg, but in retail stores it ranged between Rs 60-80 per kg.

According to reports, the price could touch Rs 100/kg soon.

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