Congress grass, Rs 160,000 Cr loss and Gandhi’s lost cure!Back in the 1950's , the country imported wheat from the US under the PL 480 scheme. Along with the wheat, we also received a weed, impressively named Parthenium Hysterophorus. First noticed in Pune, it was ignored, till it spread rapidly in North Karnataka, and even as far as Jammu. A grass with an erect green shoot system, with a creamy white flower profusion at the top, this was promptly dubbed Congress Grass, since it emulated the very fast growing greedy political folks who sported white Gandhi caps.
The cumulative loss on account of this weed till date with its impact on humans, animals as well as crops so far has been estimated at a whopping Rs 160,516 crores!