‘I never consume onions’ remark: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman rejects ‘elitist’ tag, cites Ujjwala, Jan Dhan

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Rajya Sabha on December 5, 2019. Photo: RSTV/PTI

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Rajya Sabha on December five, 2019. Photo: RSTV/PTI

Finance Minister claims her feedback about climbing onion price ranges had been distorted and made use of to assault her.

Hitting again at criticism for her statement in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday that she does not consume onions, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday questioned the tag of remaining “elitist”, citing techniques these types of as the Ujjwala Yojana, Jan Dhan, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Ayushman Bharat.

Ms. Sitharaman was talking in the Rajya Sabha on the Taxation Regulations (Modification) Invoice, 2019, when she claimed persons were being welcome to criticise the govt, but her comments in the Lok Sabha had been culled to attack her.

“Oh, she stated, ‘she does not try to eat onions’. If only men and women recognize what I said in the discussion. In respond to to a particular problem about ‘Do you take in it?’, I instinctively said, ‘I do not consume or my loved ones does not give so much significance to onion.’ That will become a big criticism of this governing administration. This is when I have expended extra than twenty minutes talking about what variety of measures this Authorities has taken for better management of onion distribution,” she stated, introducing that she was accused of getting an elitist.

Reacting to Congress MPs stating that no one experienced built these types of an allegation in the Upper Household, she explained: “It is a criticism on the overall economy and I have every single business to reply since this governing administration is continually responding to steps that are being taken…But when you throw an allegation that this federal government is elitist, I have to say this. Ujjwala Yojana. Is it for elitist? Jan Dhan Yojana. Is it for elitist? Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Is it for elitist? Ayushman Bharat. Is it for elitist? Are we elitist? Is it so?”.

She extra that those accusing her of becoming elitist experienced in 2012 questioned why the center course was complaining of price increase when it can invest in a mineral h2o bottle for ₹15 and an ice product for ₹20.

‘I don't eat onions’ remark: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman rejects ‘elitist’ tag, cites Ujjwala, Jan Dhan

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Printable variation | Dec 5, 2019 10:55:27 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/i-dont-consume-onions-nirmala-sitharaman-rejects-elitist-tag/article30196515.ece