Congress blames Modi for rise in onion prices

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    Congress blames Modi for rise in onion prices

    NEW DELHI: Congress's offensive against Narendra Modi took an interesting turn on Friday with Union law minister Kapil Sibal blaming the high prices of onions on BJP's PM candidate while also asking him to explain where he finds huge finds from for his rallies.

    Sibal said the country suffered a shortage of onions as the Modi government had handed over huge tracts of land in Kutch, which accounts for a big part of the onion crop, to the Adani group. "Those onions used to come here," Sibal said, focusing on the alleged responsibility of the Gujarat government even though he also talked about the role of hoarders.

    The day also saw finance minister P Chidambaram suggesting that the Gujarat CM needed to improve his understanding of economics. "It is good that he is taking interest in economics. As he takes more interest, he will learn more," Chidambaram said in response to a question from reporters.

    At a function he held to mark the launch of his personal website, Sibal said Modi was distorting facts and was running away from addressing the media, even as he invited him for a debate over UPA's performance in comparison to that of the NDA.

    The comment, which came amid public resentment over the spike in onion prices, immediately invited a retaliatory attack from the BJP, with leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley scoffing at Sibal's challenge to Modi for a debate. Jaitley suggested that Sibal was trying to punch above his weight since he was not in the same league as Modi.

    "The kind of attendance at Modi's rallies is among the largest I have seen in the last few decades. Congress has been rattled. They don't know how to deal with the possible outcome of the 2014 general elections. Therefore, second rank leaders of the Congress have jumped in to mount a personalized attack on Modi," he said.

    Jaitley also said people had figured out the leaders who are trying to distract attention from UPA's failures.

    Interestingly, Sibal had turned down the suggestion from the BJP that he should spar with fellow lawyer Jaitley, saying that the leader of opposition was not the PM candidate.

    Taking exception to Modi's telling people to rid the country of Congress, Sibal said, "Why to free the country from Congress? What has the Congress done? And today, I challenge Modi for a debate on any issue on any platform and in any language, be it Hindi, English or Gujarati. I challenge him to decide the day, the subject, place and language so that all is clear."

    He further said, "He( Modi) will not be able to do so because he has not held any press conference yet then what will he debate with me. Have you heard him in any press conference? He just goes and delivers his speech from the podium. He has no vision. I challenge him to debate on all those issues."

    Accusing Modi of dishing out lies, he said, "If someone wants to be the PM, he must give alternate vision for foreign policy, for education."


    Congress blames Modi for rise in onion prices - The Times of India
     
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    CPI takes on Sibal, asks 'Centre to do some serious introspection about price rise'

    UPA Government has failed to contain inflation and control the prices, alleges Raja


    Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Wednesday criticised Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal over his callous remark pertaining to the rise in the price of onions, and said the Congress-led UPA II Government has completely failed to manage the economy.

    "Mr. Kapil Sibal says that the government is not selling onions. Who is responsible for the hike in the price of onions? (Who is responsible) for the hike in the prices of all essential commodities? (Who is responsible) for the high inflation in the country? The Congress-led UPA II Government has completely failed to manage the economy," he said.

    Raja further said the UPA Government has failed to contain inflation and control the prices.

    "If Mr. Kapil Sibal thinks that the government has no responsibility then what for they are in government, what for the Congress Party is in government, what for they have the mandate of the people. So, Mr. Kapil Sibal and the senior ministers in the government should do some serious introspection," he added.

    Sibal earlier in the day put the blame on the vendors and traders for the rise in onion prices.

    "Ask the vendors and traders to purchase it at lower prices and sell it at lower prices. Does the Government sell onions? Ask the vendors and traders, not us," he said.

    Food Minister K.V. Thomas today said the that the inflation tends to fluctuate despite it touching a six-month high, and added that the country has come a long way as the purchasing power of the consumers has increased.

    Thomas said that in the past the country used to import food items, while currently it is producing surplus food grains.

    "Sometimes it goes up; sometimes it comes down so this is a phenomenon which occurs in our Indian economy. And in the case of foods and vegetables, we can improve the situation if we got a better cost oriented chain. That is what the government is trying to implement through various schemes including the foreign direct investment in the country," he said.

    Thomas further said that strict action would be taken against the hoarders and the state governments have to take adequate steps to curb such malpractices.

    "Hoarding is something which the states have to intervene because the Essential Commodities Act has been implemented by the state government. And we have been in constant touch with the state governments so that they take effective actions," Thomas said.

    "Some states are doing well, some states are lagging behind but still we are in constant touch with the state governments to implement the essential commodities act. If there is hoarding take strict action," he added.

    According to certain media reports, the Centre has directed all state governments to take action against traders and speculators keeping onion prices artificially high by taking advantage of the seasonal shortage.

    The prices of onion both in wholesale and retail markets in most parts of the country have seen a sharp increase since July. In the national capital, the retail prices of onion are ruling as high as Rs. 80 per kg on short supply from key growing states.

    CPI takes on Sibal, asks 'Centre to do some serious introspection about price rise' | Business Standard
     
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    Amid soaring prices, dehydrated variety provides hope

    Dehydrated onions were about 10 times cheaper than fresh variety sold in market


    As per Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), onion production during 2012-13 was about 16.30 million tonnes in India, previous year it was 17.51 million tonnes. Maharashtra is the largest onion producing state with share of 28.57 percent, followed by Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh with 14.69 and 13.19 percent respectively. Gujarat is having nearly 4.32 percent share in onion production in the country.
    Amid soaring prices, dehydrated variety provides hope | Business Standard

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    I feel sorry for Sibal since he is proving to be a congenital liar or so it appears given the repeated falsehood that he keeps pandering to the public.

    In the 2G case he said that there was Zero Loss. And surprisingly, a whole lot of people, including Minister Raja was jailed for this Zero Loss.

    And now be feels that Gujarat is responsible for the onion price rise when it only contributes 4.32 percent share in onion production in the country, while other States including two of the three remaining are Congress led States.

    But I don't blame Sibal, who is a lawyer for misunderstanding that a Lawyer is NOT a Lair. He is a Punjabi and the Punjabi accent encourages the word 'lawyer' to sound as 'liar'!

    Quite a muddle for this mutton headed chap!
     
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    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Interesting neither sonia gandhi nor Rahul gandhi faced any press conference.

    Modi atleast have gave personel inetrview to karan thapars and other

    But i am yet see sonia gandbhi to give any
     
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    One would have thought that educated people like Mr.Sibal would not spout such lies. He rightfully deserves the name Zero Sibal.
     
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    Who will watch it. That is why even TV channels are not after them for interviews.
     
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    I would watch it for sure. Atleast we would have a REAL family drama.
     
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    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Well whether somebody watch it or not Bduta can conduct an interview air it on tv and earn another reward
     
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    Modi is 'the devil' to their secular theocracy.
     
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    mr.congress...mr.congress...you forgot blaming him for petrol,diesel,gas price hikes.
     
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