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Amid rising prices, onion may influence Delhi Assembly polls in 2020

Onions have a love-hate relationship with Delhi. In 1998, when the BJP was in power, the rise in onion prices helped Congress defeat BJP. In 2010, when prices rose, Congress barely saved it's power

Onions sellers in a market

Onions sellers in a market

Aditi PhadnisRajesh Bhayani
It was October 11, 1998. Sushma Swaraj of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been made the chief minister of Delhi, replacing Sahib Singh Verma. The war between Verma and the BJP's unchallenged warlord in Delhi for years, Madan Lal Khurana, had spilt out into the open and Swaraj was brought in to tamp down the fires, even though her area of influence wasn’t Delhi at all, but Haryana.  The country was gearing up for Diwali and the price of onions had touched Rs 60 a kg. The first decision of the Delhi cabinet under Swaraj on October 12 was

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First Published: Sep 29 2019 | 7:26 PM IST

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