Union Minister Farooq Abdullah's comment that a meal could be had in just one rupee today prompted CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat to suggest that such a scheme be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir - two Congressmen have already been pilloried for their meal at Rs 12 and Rs 5 comments.
"If this is correct, then why not implement it in J and K where there is autonomy," Karat said at a press conference when asked to comment on the remarks of Abdullah as also Congress leaders Raj Babbar and Rashid Masood.
Abdullah's party National Conference runs a coalition government in the state with Congress.
Asked whether one could have a hearty meal in 5 or 12 rupees as suggested by Masood and Babbar, Karat said "this is just impossible in this age of price rise."
He said one can have "cheap and good food" at the canteens run by AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu with government subsidy. AIADMK is a friendly party of the Left.
Karat was also critical of the poverty estimates brought out by the government and wondered "how can the poor live on just Rs 27."
"The Congress is trying to project that it is all milk and honey in the country," he added.