Kolkata: Ordering a probe into price rise of essential commodities, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urged the Centre to check price rise, saying the issue, like corruption, should also be discussed in Parliament.

"While corruption is an issue meriting discussion, price rise should also be taken up for discussion in Parliament," Banerjee said after a sudden visit to two big retail markets at Gariahat and Sealdah to see for herself the big jump in vegetables prices at the cost of common man.

Pointing her finger of suspicion towards middlemen taking advantage of the situation and creating an artificial crisis of vegetables, she said an inquiry would be held into the skyrocketing prices of veggies.

"Our officials have already talked to markets and I have asked the chief secretary to enquire into the cause of the price rise of vegetables," she said.

After attending the foundation laying of an Integrated checkpost at Petrapole along with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Banerjee drove back to Kolkata and went straight to Gariahat market and Kolay Market.

Union minister of state for shipping Mukul Roy and city Mayor Sovan Chatterjee accompanied her.

She asked the sellers the price of vegetables and argued as to why flooding in some districts could be held responsible as the main cause.

"I doubt that some people are taking advantage of the situation, with middlemen and some whole-sellers directly taking away the vegetables from farmers and resorting to blackmarketing, pushing up the prices," she said.

(Agencies)