Opposition legislators staged a protest on the steps of the Vidhan Bhavan building in Maharashtra on Monday against the ban on the export of onions by the Centre. Some of the legislators wore garlands made of onions as a mark of protest before the House proceedings began on the third day of the winter session of the state legislature.
Leader of opposition in the legislative assembly Vijay Wadettiwar, LoP in the legislative council Ambadas Danve, NCP leader Anil Deshmukh and many other leaders participated in the protest. They raised slogans against the government while demanding a rollback of the ban on the export of onions, a proper price for the key kitchen staple and assistance for farmers. The Centre has banned onion exports until March 31, 2024, to increase domestic availability and keep prices in check.
Talking to reporters in the Vidhan Bhavan premises, Danve claimed the central government’s policy of ban on onion exports was ”anti-farmer”.
The onion farmers were suffering, he said, adding that the state government should talk to the Centre to lift the ban on the export of onions.