Protest against price rise: NSUI activists sell vegetables at cheap rates in front of Odisha minister’s house

Bhubaneswar: The activists of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) today adopted a novel way to protest against the rise in prices of vegetables in Odisha.

As part of their protest against price rise, the NSUI activists sold vegetables at cheap rates in front of the official residence Agriculture Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain in the capital city here.

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They sold tomato at Rs 50 per kg, brinjal at Rs 30, pointed gourd at Rs 50, ginger at Rs 70, beans at Rs 50, and green chilli at Rs 50.

A few commuters in fact congregated at the spot to buy the pricey vegetables at cheap rates.

The agitators criticized the Centre and state government for their alleged failure to check the rise in prices of vegetables and other essential goods in Odisha.

The Commissionerate Police deployed security personnel near the minister’s house to avoid any untoward incident during the protest.

A few days ago, the NSUI activists had hurled tomatoes and lady’s fingers at the official residence of Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak here to protest the rise in prices of vegetables.

The agitators alleged that the prices of most of the vegetables including tomatoes and beans have crossed the Rs 100 mark in Odisha. Greengrocers are now selling vegetables like brinjal, lady’s finger, pointed gourd and ridge gourd at prices ranging from Rs 80 to Rs 100 per kilogram. The price of green chilli has reached Rs 300 per kg in Odisha, they claimed.

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