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Can one get a meal for Rs 5? Not in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata

Jul 26, 2013 01:50 PM IST India India

New Delhi: A day after Congress leaders claimed that one can get a complete meal at Re 1, Rs 5, Rs 12 and Rs 15, CNN-IBN did a ground check which shows that the politicians not related by the ground reality.

Mumbaikars have slammed Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar, who had claimed on Tuesday that "even today, I can have a proper meal in Mumbai for Rs 12."

"I pay Rs 50 for my meal every day," said a taxi driver. "We sell a complete meal for Rs 30. A vada pav costs Rs 12 these days. A meal used to cost Rs 12 twenty years back," said a food stall vendor.

Even in Delhi and Kolkata, the situation is the same. The subsidised food stall by the state government has nothing to offer at Rs 5 in New Delhi, the minimum amount one has to pay for a full meal is Rs 15. Congress leader Rasheed Masood has earlier claimed that it is possible for a person to buy a meal for Rs 5. "In Delhi you can get a whole meal for Rs 5. I myself spend less than Rs 5 on my meals," Masood said.

Union Minster Farooq Abdullah went a step further and claimed that one can have a full meal for just Re 1 if desired.

The Congress leaders' remarks came in the backdrop of the BJP slamming the UPA government for its statement that the poverty figures have gone down in 2012-13 as opposed to figures in 2002-03.

As per the Planning Commission, the number of people living below the poverty line has shrunk to 21.9 per cent in 2011-12 from 37.2 per cent in 2004-05 on account of increase in per capita consumption.

At a time when price for commodities are going high, the insensitive remarks by the Congress leaders shows how the politicians are unrelated by the ground reality.

Meanwhile, Raj Babbar on Friday regretted about his Rs 12 remarks.