Ex-FM Chidambaram led Congress leaders protest against rising onion price

SEVERAL Congress leaders, including former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, on Thursday, December 5, protested near the Mahatma Gandhi’s statute   in the Parliament premises over onion prices.”I thought the Finance Minister said yesterday she does not eat onions, she is not bothered… What does she eat? Does she eat avocado? She does not eat onions,” Chidambaram told media. After Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman detailed  the  measures being adopted by the Centre to bring prices under control, he at his first news conference after being bailed out in INX media case on Wednesday, said the Government is clueless about the how to manage economy. FM Sitharaman 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 besides destruction of crop due to unseasonal rains. Sitharaman also said that she doesn’t eat 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. Onions are being sold for Rs 120-180 in Madurai and not less than Rs 100 in many other places.

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