At a time when a raging debate over soaring pulse prices is going on in the country, a street vendor dealing in dal pakoda and pakwan has launched a unique ‘discount campaign’ for his customers. Interestingly, the objective behind the move is to seek his customers’ support and ensure Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s victory in 2019 elections.
At present, the price of dal pakoda in Barmer is Rs 240 per kg and that of Pakwan Rs 15 per piece. However, Mahesh Mali, the owner of Shri Nath Narayan Misthan Bhandar, is offering 50% discount on the snack.
Mali, a staunch supporter of Modi who has even put up posters at his shop appealing for the prime minister’s victory in 2019, said that Modi is working with full dedication to bring India at par with the other developed countries.
When asked how he would benefit out of it, Mali said if the prime minister can work for the welfare of the country without any self interest why can’t he.
Another vendor Satish Kumar, who also sells the same snack, expressed surprise over Mali’s offer of 50 per cent discount, especially at a time when the prices of pulses are soaring.
Kumar said Mali seems to be suffering from Modi mania as he is indulging in business of loss.
Countering Kumar, Mali said despite selling his snacks at cheap prices he was still making profits and his income was sufficient to support his family. “Those who are doing business of heavy profits are looting their customers. Every businessman should be loyal to his customers,” he said.
However, whatever the debate, city residents stand to benefit as they will have to pay less for dal pakoda and pakwan, the demand for which usually goes up during the winters.