New Delhi: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wants to levy what he called "cut money" from the people who would be buying cheaper onion from the government-run shops.
Speaking to ANI here, Tiwari said the Delhi government wants to sell onion at a price of Rs 24 per kg despite buying it at Rs 16 per kg from the Centre.
"The Delhi government gets onion from the Central government at Rs 15.90 per kg and want to sell it at Rs 24 per kg. This means the Kejriwal government wants to get a profit of Rs 8 per kg. This is cut money," Tiwari said.
The BJP leader said the prices are unjustified as the government will not have to pay the transport charge to the Centre. On Monday, Kejriwal said his government would sell onion through ration shops and mobile vans on a cheaper rate.
"The government is in the process of buying onions. We are expecting to start selling it in the next 10 days. The onion will be sold at Rs 24 per kg through ration shops and mobile vans," the Chief Minister had said.
Onion price has touched Rs 60 per kg over the past two weeks in the market in Delhi.
The Centre has attributed the price rise to floods in several parts of the country especially in onion producer states Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.