JAMMU, Nov 8: Agitated over the steep price rise of staple vegetables and groceries with rates of onions sky-rocketing to Rs100 per Kg, J&K National Panthers party activists along with women folk spearheaded by party chairman Harshdev Singh staged a strong protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground here today.
The angry protestors, wearing the garlands of onions and tomatoes accused the BJP Government for its failure to control inflation which had broken the back of the common masses. They raised slogans– ‘Jab se Modi Sarkaar Aayee, Kamar Todh Mehangayi Layee’, ‘Bahut ho Gayee Mehangayi ki Maar, Nahin Chahiye Modi Sarkaar’, ‘BJP Aam Aadmi ki Jeb Perr Daaka Dalna Bandh Karo ..…Band Karo’…. and so on.
Addressing the media, Harshdev pointed out that there had been a four- fold rise in onion prices during the last three months which had rendered the popular vegetable beyond the reach of a common man. “The astounding rate of onions touching Rs 100 per kg under Saffron rule has left masses ‘tear-eyed’. With LPG already being costlier, the soaring prices of vegetables and groceries has shattered the budget of a common household with housewives left dazed and confused”, Harshdev rued.
He regretted that inflation had become a benchmark of BJP’s Governance and looting people by burning holes in their pockets had always been its motive. India does produce much more onion than it is consumed. The Govt’s decision to ban export of onions has not only affected the foreign trade but left the issue of country’s onion mess unresolved. India’s onion problem is not managing the ‘shortages’ but it is about managing the ‘surplus’ where the BJP has miserably failed, he divulged while cornering the Saffron party.
Lambasting the BJP for its hypocrisy over the inflation, Singh reminded that while the BJP was in opposition, its front line leaders wasted no time to lodge series of protest demonstrations at every nook and corner of the country against the price rise of essential commodities. But now, when the Saffron party having been in power, the inflation rate had peaked all time high and broken all records with none of its Ministers uttering a word over the soaring prices, he added.