Congress leaders P Chidambaram, who is out from Tihar Jail after 106 days after Supreme Court granted him bail on Wednesday, Adhir Chowdhury, Congress MP from Assam Gaurav Gogoi and others protested at the Parliament premises on Thursday against the rising prices of onion.
The Congress MPs protested with a basket full of onions by holding banners and shouting slogans demanding that the government reduce the prices and ‘stop harassing’ the poor.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that the government had taken several steps to check the rising prices of onions and initiated steps to improve technology for better storage of the kitchen staple, whose price in many places has crossed Rs. 100 per kg.
However, the rising price of onion has left the people in a dilemma as it touched Rs. 100-120 per kg.
In Assam also, the skyrocket prices of onion have brought tears in the eyes of the people. State Food and Civil Supplies Minister Phani Bhusan Choudhury, however, said that now onions will be imported from Egypt and people will be able to consume foreign onions. He asked the people to have patience for one month after which Egypt onions will be available in the market at Rs. 55 per kg.