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Non-Veg Onions? Union Minister's Bizarre Excuse for Not Knowing Price of the Vegetable

Ashwini Choubey just said he doesn't know onion prices because he is vegetarian. Image credit: File Photo

Ashwini Choubey just said he doesn't know onion prices because he is vegetarian. Image credit: File Photo

After Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's's 'I don't eat onions' comment comes yet another bizarre remark from Union minister Ashwini Choubey.

Amid a row regarding sky-high onion prices in the country, Union Minister Ashwini Choubey on Thursday said he did not know the price of the vegetable as he is a "vegetarian".

The Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare's comment came just a day after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's 'insensitive' onion remark in the Lok Sabha led to outrage on social media.

On being asked if he knew the current prices of onions, Choubey said, "I am a vegetarian. I have never tasted an onion. How will a person like me know about the situation (market prices) of onions?"

News agency ANI shared a video of the byte on Twitter.

Choubey appears to have followed Sitharaman's lead who, in response to a question by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule, said, "I don't eat much of onion and garlic. I come from such a family which doesn't have much to do with onions."

The statement instantly drew the wrath of netizens, many of whom have been affected by the stiff prices of onions that recently escalated to as high as Rs 150 per kilo in places like Hyderabad. And now, Choubey's ignorance is their latest target.

Many also wondered what it was that Choubey was trying to convey by "vegetarian" since an onion, by all definitions, is a vegetable itself and is heavily used in vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian dishes.

Just to be clear, onion is still a vegetable.