Hazaribagh, Aug. 16: Doting brothers who are flummoxed over what to gift their sisters every rakhi can take a tip from BJP veteran and Hazaribagh MP Yashwant Sinha and head for the sabzi mandi.
Onions are a girl’s best friend, declared women workers of the BJP as they celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the former Union minister Sinha this morning at party office Atal Bhavan on Sadanand Road in the city, some four days in advance.
While tying rakhi on Sinha’s wrist — the veteran leader would not be at his hometown on the festival day — the nine women demanded onions as their Raksha Bandhan gift.
Sinha immediately gave instructions for onions to be bought from the market.
Then, once they arrived some 15 minutes later, he handed over 2kg of onions — the edible bulb is retailing at Rs 60 a kilo in Hazaribagh — to each of the nine.
The “sisters” Bijul Devi, Mala Tirkey, Bhanumati Paswan, Sushila Devi, Arpita Choudhary, Mukta Sahay, Priyamvada, Sweta Sinha and Pushpa Tirkey thanked their “brother” fulsomely for this perfect gift.
Terming the demand for onions “genuine”, Sinha didn’t miss this opportunity to take a swipe at the “wrong policies of the UPA government” that he said had “hit hard middle class pockets everywhere”.
The sisters were quick to agree.
“As a homemaker, we know how the galloping price rise of onions has affected our budgets,” said Tirkey, one of the recipients of the gift.
“Sir (read Sinha) have us the perfect gift,” her party colleague Choudhary added.
“It is customary for brothers to gift sisters on Raksha Bandhan. What can be better than onions?” Priyamvada chipped in.
Sinha also made a scathing comment on the rising prices of all essential commodities that were “increasing with each passing day” and blamed the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government at the Centre.
“Kaise jiyega aam aadmi (How will the common man live)?” Sinha asking, taking a dig at the UPA plank of aam admi. “This demand for onions reflects the anger of the common man.”
The party workers also tied rakhis on the wrists of Sinha’s son Jayant, a member of the state working committee of the BJP, district party president Tunnu Gope and senior leader Surendra Sinha.
Anil Sinha, Sinha’s spokesperson, said all the women returned home smiling with the onions.