Patna: While the NDA leaders remain busy bragging about how the economy continues to grow under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and, in Bihar with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the driver's seat, hundreds of men and women stood in lines for hours to get their hands on two kilogram of pre-packed onions at the subsidized rate of Rs. 35 per kilogram.
For a limited time, people could also purchase these pre-packed, pre-weighed bags of onions from five mobile vans parked just outside Patna Secretariat.
The line started to form outside Biscomaun Bhawan at 6:00 am, four hours before the sales counters opened their doors, and continued to grow till 6:00 pm when the counters were closed.
According to a Biscomaun official, roughly 52,000 people in Patna were able to buy two kilograms of onion at a loss of Rs. 25 per bag due to the subsidy offered by the state government.
Besides the Biscomaun Bhawan, mobile counters were also set up at Bahadurpur Gate, Sultanganj, Bakerganj, Anisabad, Saguna Mor, Mangal Talab, and near the homes of Mayor Sita Sahu and former Mayor Afzal Imam.
With patience running thin, at many places those standing in lines for hours clashed with others in the queue forcing the police to intervene to break up the row.
Today's exercise is scheduled to be repeated on Saturday and Sunday, Biscomaun chairperson Sunil Singh said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS