Former Bihar MP Pappu Yadav sells onion at Rs35 a kg as price skyrockets
PATNA: A relatively large crowd rushed to buy onion at the subsidized rate in Patna on Tuesday after former Lok Sabha Member from Bihar Pappu Yadav began selling onion at Rs35 a kg.
The onion currently is being sold in between Rs80 to Rs100 a kg in the open market and is nearly out of reach of common men.
Yadav who lost his LS polls from Madhepura seat this summer began selling onion outside the office of the BJP today.
He has also announced to supply onion at subsidized rate to the families where weddings are to be solemnized. Each such family will be given 10 kg of onion at Rs35 a kg, he said.
“The Narendra Modi government has announced to spend Rs4,000 crore (Rs40 billion) on construction of Ram temple but where are the poor?” asked Yadav.
He also hit out the ruling Nitish Kumar government in Bihar for announcing to spend Rs24,000 crore (Rs240 billion) on launching campaign to save environment.
“The environmental campaign is okay but the government can also provide for cheap onion to the masses. Why is the government silent over this issue?” he asked.
Prior to Yadav, Bihar’s apex marketing society Bihar State Cooperative Marketing Union Limited (BISCOMAUN) was selling onion at Rs35 a kg across the state but its sale had to be stopped after the authorities warned this could lead to law and order problem.
At quite some places, stampede-like situation was created in Bihar after which BISCOMAUN staffs were seen selling onions under helmet cover.
Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav has attacked the government for preventing BISCOMAUN from selling cheap onion.
“While the Nitish Kumar government itself did nothing to provide vegetables to the people at cheap rate, it has also stopped BISCOMAUN from helping the poor masses,” Tejashwi alleged.
Yadav had earlier come to support of the flooded humanity in Patna when he personally rushed relief to the people caught in their flooded homes in Patna.
He was seen wading through the flooded Patna streets, carrying food stuffs on his shoulder and supplying them to the needy residents caged in their flooded homes for about a fortnight.