NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is at the receiving end of flak after she commented that she doesn't eat onion as a response to the rising price of onions.
Opposition parties attacked and called her comments as a "Marie Antoinette moment". Former Finance Minister P Chidamabaram asked if she eats avocados instead of onions. His son Karti, Lok Sabha member called her India's own Marie Antoinette.
Congress party shared a meme on their Twitter account mocking her comments with the caption "Say it like Nirmala Tai".
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s Raghav Chaddha commented that the Finance Minister's remarks are nothing short of condescending at a time when the common man is suffering.
Several users on Facebook and Twitter made memes on Sitharaman's comments, specifically by comparing her tenure with former prime minister Manmohan Singh.
However, Nirmala Sitharaman's official account posted the whole video, saying that her comments were taken out of context.
She was speaking in the parliament about the central government's decision to import onions from Egypt. NCP MP Supriya Sule asked why the Indian production of onions have gone down and further asked if she will eat Egyptian onions.
That is when Sitharamnan responded by saying that she does not eat a lot of onions and garlic.
Here is the full video of Smt @nsitharaman explaining in detail the steps taken by the govt. to control onion prices and provide relief to the common man. A part of this video clip is being quoted out of context and is misleading. pic.twitter.com/56MLd1gKpU— NSitharamanOffice (@nsitharamanoffc) December 5, 2019