The Sheila Dikshit government in Delhi may have tried to lower market prices for onions by selling truckloads of the vegetable at lower rates, but voters are far from impressed. Many interviewed by television news channels and newspapers say these onions, sold from mobile vans, are “mostly rotten”. Officials from the Food and Supplies Department rubbish these claims. But they admit that the quality might not be “as good” because the trucks which bring the supplies from other states are travelling through areas affected by unseasonal rains. While retail prices of onions vary between Rs 70 and Rs 90 per kg, the government is selling them at Rs 50 per kg. Incidentally, the spiralling price of onions in 1998 is cited as the main reason for the downfall of the BJP government then and Dikshit’s rise to power.
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