A day after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a bizarre statement during a Lok Sabha debate that she came from a family that did not consume onions, netizens are having a field day on Twitter. Some users thought her comment, amid onion prices rising as much as 500 per cent in certain regions, was insensitive, arrogant and irresponsible.
I don't eat onions much, so don't worry - @nsitharaman— DrVinayKate (@DrVinayKate) December 5, 2019
I get free petrol as a minister, so don't worry about prices - @RamdasAthawale
GDP figure won't be useful in future - @nishikant_dubey
Maths didn't help Einstein discover gravity - @PiyushGoyal #SayItLikeNirmalaTai
We don't eat beef, so no one in the country should.— JuNgLeBoY (@kurinjiboy) December 5, 2019
We don't eat onion and garlic,so we don't care about the price hike.
We use free petrol, so we don't care about petrol price hike.
Our phone bills are paid by Government,so we don't care price hike. #SayItLikeNirmalaTai
A few Twitter users have even dug up an old Sitharaman tweet—dated 2013, when she was in the opposition—in which she questioned the then UPA-2 government for spike in onion prices.
Sitharaman made the comment while responding to Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule's question on the reasons behind fall in onion production in the country. "I don't eat a lot of onions and garlic, so don't worry. I belong to a family which does not eat onion and garlic," Sitharaman said in response during debate on Wednesday.
Onion prices remain high in the range of Rs 75-100/kg across major cities of the country. The prices are on a northward spiral in India following crop failure owing to indifferent monsoon pattern in onion-producing states like Mahrashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The cabinet has approved import of 1.2 lakh tonnes of onions to improve the domestic supply and control prices. The government has already banned exports and imposed stock holding limits to check price rise.