New Delhi: Congress leaders, including former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, on Thursday protested in the Parliament premises over onion prices.
Launching a scathing attack on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who said that she does not eat onions and she is not bothered, in reference to hike in onion price, Chidambaram asked: “What does she eat? Does she eat avocado? She does not eat onions.”
This comes a day after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman elaborated on key measures being adopted by the centre to bring prices under control.
The minister dismissed opposition charges about fear factor in the economy and said that that government has taken a series of steps to check the steep rise in onion prices including imports. Sitharaman, who was replying to the debate on the first batch of supplementary demands for grants for 2019-20, said that onion price surge was due to factors such as a reduction in the area of cultivation and production.
Sitharaman on Wednesday also said that she doesn’t eat much of onion or garlic and hails from a family where these two vegetables are not much in use. Her remarks about personal eating habits came while responding to interruptions by some opposition members at a time when she was speaking on the onion issue.
“I don’t eat much of onion-garlic. I come from such a family which doesn’t have much to do with onion”, she said.
Congress leaders P Chidambaram, who is out on bail after 106 days in jail, Adhir Chowdhury, Gaurav Gogoi, and others protested at the Parliament premises today against rising onion prices.
(inputs from ANI)