Unnao (UP), Oct 23: The nation's attention has diverted to the price of onions from the Gold digging in Unnao. As the onion prices skyrocketed to a Rs 100 per Kg, Indians might now be praying that they hit upon Onions rather than Gold at the excavation site.
"Technically speaking, onions cost more than Gold. Gold has a resale value, but onions? what value do thay have except for adorning the dinner plates?," said an aggrevated resident of Kolkata. Another sent a sarcastic jibe at the Centre saying,"I wish the Shobhan Sarkar had dreamt of 1,000 tonnes of onions, instead of Gold. Gold as it is not affordable. But Onion is a basic necessity," said Akanksha, a housewife from Bangalore.
The aggression is justified, especially when the Congress passed the Food Bill recently that promised for fair price of grains all. "The government is playing with our emotions. Everything seems to be an eyewash. They plan to reduce prices of grains, what about vegetables? One cannot survive just on rice," said Jitender from Delhi.
Onion prices in Kashmir were beyond anyone's reach. Rs 120 a kilo, residents of the valley mocked," its better to die of bullets than eating these onions. The center thinks it can fool us with its pet bills, but these are actually vote bank keys for them. If they win the elections, the prices of grains will go up too," said Jamal.
The Centre, however, claims that the prices would go down after the festive season. Let's hope that they really go down or we have to wait for a seer to dream of tonnes of onions buried underneath to have them on our plates next time.
A labourer with sacks of onions at a wholesale market on the outskirts of Allahabad on Tuesday.
A retail shopkeeper sorting onions at a market in Allahabad on Monday.
A man sorting onions at wholesale market in Jammu on Thursday. Onion prices both in wholesale and retail markets in most parts of the country have seen a sharp increase since July.
A woman sorting onions at wholesale market Mundera in Allahabad on Wednesday. Onion prices both in wholesale and retail markets in most parts of the country have seen a sharp increase since July.
A woman sorting onions at a market in Hubli on Tuesday. The onion prices are soaring across the India.