Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday reprimanded a heckler, who attempted to heckle him during his speech at a seminar in Delhi.
Speaking at the event, Jaitley lamented that he had witnessed some ‘ill-informed’ debates on Bullet Train in India in the last one-week-and-a-half adding that he had visited Japan three times in the last 15 months.
It was at this point when a heckler interrupted his speech asking “Arun Ji, what you call Bullet Train in Hindi? Please don’t talk in English here.”
A visibly angry finance minister paused for a moment before reprimanding the heckler, “Be a little serious please. You’ve been noticed once. Now try and be serious.”
The heckler replied, “This is also a very serious question.”
Unaffected by the unexpected interruption to his speech, the finance minister moved on with his speech.
— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2017
The Centre’s Narendra Modi government’s plan to launch a bullet train service between Ahmedabad and Mumbai with the help of Japan has dominated the political conversation for quite several weeks. The opponents of this project has questioned the government’s decision questioning its priority amidst negative economic growth and rising unemployment.
Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was recently in Gujarat to inaugurate the the work on this ambitious project.
Meanwhile, clip of Jaitley being heckled has gone viral on social media platforms with his political opponents fervently distributing memes on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.