BJP leader gifts Delhi CM basket of onions for Diwali

BJP leader Vijay Jolly said he presented a basket of onions to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as Diwali gift -- in view of its soaring prices. According to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, he zeroed in on the gift after learning that Dikshit had not eaten onions for a week.

“This was a unique present to highlight the onion crisis in Delhi where it is being sold at Rs 80-100 a kg,” said Jolly. Accusing the Delhi government of not ensuring adequate supply of onions in the city, Jolly said: “The food and civil supplies department has proved to be non-existent.” Jolly said he met Dikshit at her residence yesterday.

Delhi may get more mobile vans to sell onions
The Delhi government may increase the number of mobile vans selling onions if the need arises, Delhi's Food and Civil Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf said on Monday.

 “We have deployed 125 mobile vans and each will cover five-six places. The onions at these vans are being sold at Rs 50 a kg,” said Yusuf. 

The spiralling prices of onions prompted the Delhi government to seek last week permission from the Election Commission to sell onions through mobile vans -- as the model code of conduct is in place for the coming Delhi assembly elections. “We will do everything possible to contain onion prices,” said Yusuf.

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