Finance Minister Nirma Sitharaman tore into Congress and Rahul Gandhi on Friday when she asked the opposition which poor people they believe have been left out of the 2022 budget. Without mentioning Rahul Gandhi, Nirmala Sitharaman referred to his 2013 comment that poverty is a state of spirit and asked if this is what Congress wanted in the budget. “Please be clear, is this the poverty you wanted me to tackle, the poverty of the mind?” said Sitharaman.
While Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi protested that the finance minister is mocking the poor people, Sitharaman said, “I am not mocking the poor people. The person who mocked the poor people, you are in alliance with his party.” The Rajya Sabha Vice-President said only Sitharaman’s speech will be recorded. mocked as her party forms an alliance with the Congress leader’s party. This is not my statement. I just quoted the person,” Sitharaman said as protests erupted over her reference to “poverty is a state of mind.”
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Using a Tamil saying, Sitharaman said she didn’t take a name but everyone started to defend. “If you want a rough translation of the Tamil proverb, it’s this: During the rainy seasons, no one knows where the frog is, but it goes quack-quack. The same has happened here.” said Sitharaman.
In 2013, Rahul Gandhi had said, “Poverty is just a state of mind. It does not mean the scarcity of food, money or material things. If you have self-confidence, you can overcome poverty.”
Sitharaman spoke in the Senate on Friday about Budget 2022 and answered the questions. Responding to the former finance minister’s accusations that Budget 2022 would have nothing for the poor, Nirmala Sitharaman said: “What are the poor you are talking about?” “The former [Congress] The president said that poverty does not mean the scarcity of food, money or material things. If you have confidence, you can overcome that, the congress leader said. He said it’s a state of mind. I haven’t named the person, but we know who it is,” Sitharaman said. She also said the comment was widely reported in the media and that she only quoted the congressional leader.
Then Sitharaman came to the comment of senior congress leader Kapil Sibal that ‘Since 2014 India is not in Amrit Kaal, but in Rahu Kaal’. The finance minister said that ‘Rahu-Kaal’ produces the G-23. Referring to the 2013 incident where Rahul Gandhi vandalized then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s ordinance, Sitharaman said, “That was the Rahu bald”.
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“Senior leaders of the party leave the party. The party gives the slogan of ‘Ladki hoon lad sakti hoon“But the women in Rajasthan can’t fight,” Sitharaman said.
On charges leveled by the opposition that Nirmal Sitharaman does not know ground reality because she is not an elected member, Sitharaman said: “Did the Honorable Member suggest that all Rajya Sabha members of their time, including the former Prime Minister, had no connection with reality? “