If Food Prices Keep Rising, India's Ruling Party May Fall

New Delhi blames the rain, but voters blame the government

When Urmilla Trivedy, a teacher and housewife from Bombay, visited her daughter in New Delhi in October, she did not take the usual goody bag of jewelry and saris. Instead, she brought groceries: bottles of cooking oil and kilos of fruits and vegetables. "Not only are these essentials scarce in Delhi, but when you can get them, they are up to 10 times the usual price," says Trivedy. Her son, who shuttles between Bombay and Delhi, has also been drafted into supplying his sister with food.

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