"One political party opened four outlets. Another party, which is trying to be a political party opened two outlets. These parties are making political gimmicks to gain political mileage," Dikshit said. (Agencies)
BJP started selling the kitchen staple at Rs 25 per kg against the market rate of around Rs 80 and had demanded immediate removal of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Harun Yusuf for his ‘complete failure’ to stabilize the rates.
Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party had also started selling the vegetable in some localities. The Delhi government is selling onions between Rs 50-55 a kg at over 1,000 points across the city.
Slamming the BJP for ‘politicizing’ the issue, Dikshit said that her government is doing ‘everything possible’ to stabilize the prices of onion by ensuring its adequate supply
in the wholesale vegetable markets.
"We are not selling onions as a political party. We are selling onions at reasonable rates as a duty of the government. We are not politicizing the issue. The government is doing everything possible to help people," Dikshit told reporters.
Asked whether she was worried about possible impact of high onion prices in the upcoming assembly polls as BJP was ousted in 1998 following rise in its rate, Dikshit said that unlike then BJP regime, her government is making all required intervention bringing down the price.
"The BJP government was defeated in 1998 due to high onion prices. They (BJP) think it will happen to us. What will happen to us will be known in the election," she said.
"The BJP government fell because it did not try to help the people. It did not make any intervention to stabilize the onion price," the chief minister said.
"One political party opened four outlets. Another party, which is trying to be a political party opened two outlets. These parties are making political gimmicks to gain political mileage," Dikshit said.