New Delhi: As if the tears that onion brings to your eyes are not enough, the relentless rise in its price is enough to bring consumers to tears, literally. So sharp is the current spike in the price of the otherwise ubiquitous vegie in Delhi-NCR that it is fast disappearing from the menu of the common man.
This is not the first time when the onion is making a hole in the pocket of its consumers. The vegetable has the dubious distinction of bringing down governments in Delhi. But this time around, it seems to be going for a long haul.
With the price has touching the Rs-100 mark, people are left with two options, either shell out more for onion or go without it altogether, albeit grudgingly. Both are difficult propositions since the vegie is an essential ingredient for almost all the Indian recipes.
The onion prices are on the upswing for nearly a month now. In Delhi, where the people often witness soaring prices at least on two occasions, if not more, every year, onion prices become a political issue with political parties indulging in the blame game.
It has been a trend with the the state government to provide onion at a reasonable price at government-run outlets whenever the prices shoot up in the National Capital. However, majority of people still have to think twice before buying onion for their kitchen.
Minakshi Lekhi, a Member of Parliament (MP) from New Delhi constituency, blamed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for soaring prices of onion in Delhi. She said, "The state government has not taken any steps to stock onion. The Centre imported 6,000 metric tonnes of onion while Kejriwal is busy politicising the issue."
In retail markets in Delhi-NCR, onion prices have remained at Rs 100 per kg leaving people with no option but to incur higher costs to buy it. As a matter of fact, onion is a subject very dear housewives.
In Noida and Greater Noid, onion prices have surged up Rs 80-90 per kg. To provide relief to the residents, the district administration of Gautam Buddh Nagar claimed to have set up onion selling centres at three places to provide the vegetable at Rs 35 per kg.
People have also took to twitter to raise their voice on onion prices with comments as follows:
"Thappad se darr nahi lagta sahab, pyazz se lagta hai," which is a witty take on one of the popular dialogues of Salman Khan-starrer ''Dabangg''.
Another tweet read, "Had some petty cash, socha gold prices have come down toh few gm gold khareedu. Then I changed my mind...Hum bazaar jaakar pyaaz le aaye #OnionPrices."