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Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister and senior BJP leader, Pratap Sarangi today criticised the Odisha Food Supplies Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain for the latter's response to a question on rising onion prices in the State.

Targeting Swain, the Union Minister said that ruling party leaders of Odisha have a habit of making irresponsible statements.

"It has already been proven that the steps taken by Odisha government are not enough to control the soaring prices of onions and potatoes. Had they managed to control the prices, they would not have purchased onions from other states," said Sarangi.

No response could be obtained from Swain on Sarangi's comments.

Earlier on Monday, Odisha BJP vice-president Samir Mohanty had said that Odisha government's potato and onion missions failed, but "Naveen Babu passed". Citing that though the Centre decided to set up a price stabilisation fund, Mohanty had raised questions on why the state government was not procuring onions from open market.

Later, in response to a media query, Swain had said, “Who is Samir Mohanty? What is his registration number.”

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