Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is facing social media roasting after she made seemingly bizarre comments inside the parliament to justify the price rise of onions and garlic in the country.
Speaking in the parliament, Sitharaman said, “I don’t eat that much of onion and garlic. So don’t worry. I come from a family, where onion doesn’t have much significance.” The video of Sitharaman’s speech went viral in no time triggering unprecedented social media backlash with many condemning her for arrogance. Soon, hashtag #SayItLikeNirmalaTai trended nationally.
Here’s a snapshot of how people reacted to her controversial speech smacking of her arrogance even in the face of widespread discomfort caused by price hike of onions and other essential commodities.
So Delhi Police asking my supporters and me NOT to protest outside Parliament against Mrs #NirmalaSitharaman ji &her bizarre statement on #OnionPrices . Saying wheelchairs will be a Security threat !! #SayItLikeNirmalaTai pic.twitter.com/sFJa9n4hS8
— Tehseen Poonawalla Official (@tehseenp) December 5, 2019
I don’t eat onions much, so don’t worry – @nsitharaman
I get free petrol as a minister, so don’t worry about prices – @RamdasAthawale
GDP figure won’t be useful in future – @nishikant_dubey
— DrVinayKate (@DrVinayKate) December 5, 2019
Now Modi govt will say that everyone should stop eating onion! Nirmala ji already hinted it! Great team of Modiji! Wah !
— Vidya (@Vidyaraj51) December 5, 2019
It doesn’t matter whether you like onions or not. What matter is people are suffering because of it. Do something about it or resign. Your arrogance is absolutely against the interest of the nation.#SayItLikeNirmalaTai pic.twitter.com/W5pl6tlGHl
— Mango Man #BanPlastic (@MangoManBR) December 5, 2019
Onions are being sold for Rs 100 per kg in many parts of India, while the price for one kg of garlic had shot up to Rs 600. There were some reports that the government had begun importing onions from Turkey.