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Mumbaikars' answer to Raj Babbar: A meal cost Rs 12, twenty years back

Jul 26, 2013 08:22 AM IST India India

Mumbai: A day after Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar claimed that he can get a complete meal in Mumbai for Rs 12, CNN-IBN did a ground check which shows that it's just another bogus comment by a politician.

Mumbaikars have slammed Babbar for his comment and said that the claim is not correct. "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.

Raj Babbar had on Thursday said, "even today, I can have a proper meal in Mumbai for Rs 12." The Congress leader's 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.

Delhi BJP President had even sent a money order of Rs 33 to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Wednesday. He had challenged the trio to buy a meal for Rs 33 and said that the Congress has changed the definition of poverty ahead of polls.

He had said this was the BJP's way of protesting against Planning Commission's criteria that anybody whose consumption of goods and services exceed Rs 33 in cities per day was not poor.

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.

(With Additional Information From PTI)