In a tragic incident, highlighting the onion crisis in Andhra Pradesh, a 65-year-old man waiting in the queue to purchase subsidized onions at the rythu bazaar collapsed and died allegedly due to cardiac arrest. The incident took place on Monday in Gudiwada town of Krishna district.
The victim was identified as Sambi Reddy. According to reports, Reddy was waiting in the serpentine queue at Gudiwada Rythu Bazar to buy the subsidized onions which are being sold by the government for Rs 25 against the open market price of Rs 100. Reddy collapsed at around 10.30 am. Though he was shifted to a hospital, he was declared brought dead. The victim had previously undergone bypass surgery.
Due to the price-rise of onions, across the state, the rythu bazaars are witnessing serpentine queues to avail the subsidized onions. At some places, a stampede-like situation is being reported. The Andhra Pradesh government has spent nearly Rs 10 crore and bought 16,000 quintals of onions from Maharashtra. The subsidized onions are distributed through Rythu Bazars – markets where people can buy directly from the farmers – for a cheaper rate.
Following the death of Sambi Reddy, Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan lashed out at the Jagan-led government.
Taking to Twitter, in a series of tweets, he wrote, “It would have been better if the Jagan-led YSRCP government focussed on people’s needs and farmer’s plight, and not religious conversions, demolitions and cancelling contracts.”
“Colossal failure of AP Civil supplies & marketing ministry. When YCP focus is on demolition & kicking out investors from the state, then this is what happens to the common man,” he added.
Pawan also said, “Instead of making people stand in queues and killing them, You can use the grama volunteers who you had appointed to distribute onions for Rs 25 at households.”
Similarly, the opposition Telugu Desam Party, protested against the onion price-rise in front of the Assembly while the session was going on.
General secretary of TDP Nara Lokesh alleged that the subsidized onions aren’t reaching people.
He demanded the government to regulate the prices and ensure that onions are available at a cheaper price.
Speaking to media, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu said, “Onion prices have risen to the level of gold prices and the state government has failed to reduce the price. Our fight will continue until the prices of onion come down.”
Source: The News Minute