He also said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley failed to respond to a "critical question" on the discrepancy in the price a farmer gets for his produce and at which it is sold in the market.

"The farmer toils endlessly and gets a minimum support price of Rs 50. Then he goes to the market and buys his own dal for Rs 200 per kg. "My question was that if you (government) want to rectify this, you can do it easily. You increase the supply and the price goes down. You are not doing this to help a selected few. But Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not reply to this question in his half-an-hour reply," Gandhi told reporters outside Parliament House.

"You want to help big pulses traders and that's why you have not increased the supply and the prices have not softened," Gandhi alleged.

Jaitley had responded to the discussion on price rise. Earlier in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi attacked the Prime Minister over price rise, saying after coming to power Narendra Modi has not said anything on the issue and demanded that he give a date by when the prices of pulses will come down.

In his first major intervention in the monsoon session, Gandhi said the price of pulses and vegetables have gone over the roof after the NDA came to power and the farmers have not been able to get any benefit of the steep rise in the prices of these commodities.

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