Salt selling at Rs 100/kg amidst shortage rumours across Bihar

SaltFood and consumer protection department has instructed all DMs to ensure salt is sold at MRP and to book those selling it above MRP. (Reuters)

Amidst rumours of shortage in Bihar, salt is selling at Rs 100 to Rs 125 per kg in Darbhanga, Madhubani, Samastipur and Sitamarhi. Panic purchase has also started in Patna.

The state government promptly dismissed reports of shortage and said that "rumours are being spread" by the BJP. Samastipur district administration conducted raids and arrested three hoarders. Food and consumer protection department has instructed all district magistrates to ensure salt is sold at MRP and to book those selling it above MRP under provisions of the Essential Commodities Act.

Food and Consumer Protection Minister and JD(U) general secretary Shyam Rajak, however, squarely blamed the BJP. "The way communal forces have been trying to misguide people, they can make anything disappear, let alone salt. A party that can collect iron (for Sardar Patel statue) and brick (during Ayodhya movement) from households, there would be no surprise if they also spread rumours of salt disappearing," said Rajak.

Reacting to the allegations, BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav said: "It is ludicrous for the state government to blame BJP for everything. Nitish Kumar has not been able to run the government properly. For every incident since the NDA split, Nitish Kumar's ministers have blamed us first and then retracted".

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