Cong wonders how onion prices came down after polling

‘I am not suggesting but I am not distancing from it as well. After all there was something that within a day (after the polls), the price of onion came down,’ party spokesperson Raj Babbar told reporters.

He was replying to a query as to whether he was suggesting some conspiracy, which led to such results for Congress in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

On Sunday, party president Sonia Gandhi had acknowledged ‘price rise’ as one of the factors for the poor show of Congress.

Babbar also pointed out that onions come to Delhi from many other states including the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.

‘As soon as elections were over, what was the voice that worked and things started becoming cheap... onion was Rs 100 a kg before elections and now it is Rs 25 a kg,’ he said. At the outset, he said that Congress party did not try to influence the normal course of economy just for the sake of elections and cited the hike in diesel prices a day before polls.

Asked about Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s remarks that she did not get enough support from the party in Delhi, Babbar said that her view is being taken note of. ‘She has worked great for 15 years. Her view is being taken note of. It is being considered at party forum. This cannot be said that what she is telling is not correct.

‘Such contentions not only from Delhi but from other places as well, where our party has suffered reverses, are being considered. Their views should not be negated. We will look at what they are saying,’ he said.

Chhattisgarh PCC chief Charan Das Mahant had also said that some leaders lost due to ‘internal sabotage’, an accusing indication towards Ajit Jogi. There is a view in the party that factionalism was another factor, which did the party in.
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