New Delhi: A looming onion crisis in India has not only left citizens teary-eyed but it is also spiraling into a major concern for the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, which is already facing criticism over the country’s lacklustre economic growth.
Households and restaurants in India are reeling under pressure as onion prices have surged exponentially across the country. A kilo of onion is retailing at Rs 90-100 in most Indian states, peaking at Rs 120-130 per kilo in major cities like Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Odisha and Pune.
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Though an onion crisis is not new in India, last time the retail price of the bulb crop touched Rs 100 per kilo in 2013, it was among one of the reasons which led to a shift in power at the Centre the following year.
As per reports coming in from wholesale and retail markets across the country, the situation in 2019 looks far worse. So much so that thieves are opting to steal onions over cash and people are having fist-fights over the kitchen staple.