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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 01, 2013
Even as onion prices spiral in Delhi, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has grabbed the opportunity to unnerve the ruling Congress in the Capital.

With the prices rising to almost 60% in the past couple of months, the BJP is set to make it an election issue in the upcoming Assembly elections.

Interestingly, spiralling prices of onion had become a major issue in 1998, leading to the then BJP government losing Assembly elections later that year.

Leading the protest in the Capital, former union minister and Delhi BJP general secretary Vijay Goel put up a shop to sell onions at cheaper rates at the lawns of the Red Fort on Friday. He was joined by hundreds of party workers, who took out a small march through the length of the historic Chandni Chowk area, up till Fatehpuri Masjid.

"The union cabinet should have taken timely measures to stop the export of onions seeing the prices rise. The Delhi government too failed to take any action against the black marketers and hoarders of essential commodities," Goel said.

Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Vijay Kumar Malhotra also blamed the government's inability to check hoarders for an unbridled increase in onion prices. "The state government was well aware of the impending crisis, but it did not take any corrective measures and let things go out of control," Malhotra alleged.