Center deliberately creating onion shortage in Delhi: Manish Sisodia

NEW DELHI: On Sunday, the AAP-led Delhi government accused the Center of deliberately creating shortages in the national capital by not releasing it despite having enough stock. The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and the AAP leader said that the central government had said on September 5 that it had 56,000 tons of onion but surprisingly the central government has stopped giving it to the Delhi government.

They have shot at Rs 75-120 per kg in the main cities of the country.

Sisodia urged the central government to release 10 onion trucks every day, saying we are well prepared with the complete machinery to sell onions at a lower price.

Although onion rates have increased across the country and people are not happy across the country, it seems that in Delhi the central government is deliberately creating onion shortages. The Delhi government is asking for onions but the central government is not giving. The government has stopped giving onion to the government of Delhi.

Since the rate of onions began to increase, on September 5, the central government had written a letter to the Delhi government saying they had 56,000 metric tons of fanned onion and that we could take them off. The Delhi government had said it could take 10 onion trucks in daily and sell it in the national capital so that its accumulation can be stopped, Sisodia said.

He claimed that the Delhi government had asked the Center to give him onion until December 9, which would have been approximately 2.50 lakh kgs.

A truck carries 25,000 kg of onion, he said.

We kept asking for 10 trucks, but they gave us two, three or four onion trucks, the maximum was up to five on certain dates, even though the Center had 56,000 metric tons of onion.

We can sell ten onion trucks daily in Delhi, but surprisingly the central government has stopped giving it to us. I want to ask why he stopped giving onions. What happened to the stocks they said they had? Start giving 10 onion vehicles and we will sell it. We have all the machinery ready to sell ten vehicles.

Not giving onion means that the central government wants to increase rates here. The last truck had arrived on November 24. The only truck that arrived on November 24 was smaller and carried only about 13,000 kg. Where is the stock of onions that the Union government affirmed in writing on September 5? Why the Union government allows huge stocks of onion to rot, he said.