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Nirmala rejects 'elitist' jibe for her onion comment

Dec 05, 2019 21:13 IST

Responding to criticism on her comment in the Lok Sabha that her family has little to do with onions, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it was unfair to brand her elitist over it. She said she spoke for 20 mins on the measures her govt is taking to tackle rising onion prices, but her one comment was taken out of context. "Was (free LPG connection scheme) Ujjaala for elitist? Jan Dhan Yojna is it for elitist? PM Awas Yojana is it for elitist? So Ayushman Bharat is that for elitist?", she asked. "What was the statement given by the people who accuse me of being elitist when I am talking about onions being sent from (different states) and the government's effort. What was the statement given sir, then in 2012, when the price rise was high?", she said in a dig at former finance minister P Chidambaram.