"After weeks I ate onions today with 'bhindi' (lady finger)," chief minister Sheila Dikshit said, admitting that the skyrocketing price of the vegetable had affected her kitchen too.
Dikshit's comments came at a press conference at her official residence where she explained various measures taken by her government to contain prices of onion, which has been selling for as high as Rs. 100 per kg.
The BJP immediately hit out at Dikshit, calling her remark a "white lie". "Dikshit is telling a lie. She knows people of Delhi are angry with her government because of high onion prices and it will impact the Congress in the elections.
That is why she is trying to be emotional," senior Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta said. "The comments also reflected her inability to contain the onion price. In a way she has given a message that if the price of a vegetable or commodity is high, do not eat it," said the former Delhi BJP president.
In her briefing, the chief minister said people have been affected by high prices of the kitchen staple and exuded confidence that the rates will come down significantly in the next few days as a number of steps are being initiated by her government.
Both BJP and Aam Admi Party have been attacking Dikshit over rocketing onion prices which is selling between Rs. 80 to 100 across the city. The BJP government was voted out of power in 1998 following high onion prices.