Hitting out at the Congress government for hike in onion and vegetable prices in the city, Delhi BJP today said "total mismanagement" has led to such a situation and it could worsen if no concrete steps are taken.
Accusing the government of dampening the "festive mood", Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel said "the festival season is around but the Congress government has dampened the mood of festivity owing to its inept handling of the price situation." He said that due to Congress government's "total mismanagement" the onions were selling at the year's highest prices across the city.
Goel said that the price of onions has climbed upto Rs 65 per kg in wholesale markets on Monday.
"In retail, cost of onions has touched around Rs 100 per while for past several months it were being sold between Rs 70 and Rs 90. Apart from onion, other vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, cauliflower, cabbage and even green chillies were selling at very high prices in Delhi," the BJP leader said.
He said vegetable prices in Delhi have increased by over 30 per cent just over the last one week.
"Besides onions, other staple vegetables such as potatoes and tomatoes were also selling at unprecedented prices causing lots of hardship to people of Delhi," he said.
The Delhi BJP chief said the overall production of onions this year has been estimated 10-15 per cent higher than the last year.
"This means, we have enough onions for people, but the Congress government has been doing nothing to ensure supply of the vegetable even though demand has been persistent and people have been complaining about high prices due to lack of adequate supply of onions," Goel said.
He said that onion consumption is about 800 tonnes per day. On Monday, 1,200-1,300 bags of onion, weighing about 90 tonnes, arrived at the Azadpur wholesale market.
This means there is a gap of about 710 tonnes of onions for daily consumption in Delhi. This is a reflection of the absence of planning by Delhi government. The situation with other vegetables is equally bad. This state of affairs is the result of total collapse of administration in Delhi under the Congress regime, he said.