With prices of onions bringing tears to them in three state polls over a decade ago, price rise is being seen as a game changer in the Maharashtra Assembly polls by the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.
The major issue in this election is price rise, say leaders of Shiv Sena and BJP as they make a united effort to return to power in the state after a decade in political wilderness.
"A vote for Congress is a vote for price rise", is our latest slogan in reaching out to the people, says Sena leader Sanjay Raut, claiming that the response is overwhelming as his party is impressing upon the electorate the consequences of a Congress win.
Similar is the sentiment expressed by BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar, who insists that the days of the Congress-NCP government are numbered.
But Congress is unmoved by the claims.Former Union Minister Shakeel Ahmed feels that people are mature enough to understand the situation around and the credibility of party governments is "unblemished".
The Congress spokesman claims that BJP had lost power in 1998 in Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in the wake of rising prices of commodities, especially that of onions, as its governments were "hand-in-glove" with black marketers and hoarders.