'I don't eat much onion', says Nirmala Sitharaman; sparks outrage on Twitter
After her Ola-Uber remarks, Sitharaman recent statement has generated a hashtag #SayItLikeNirmalaTai
- Published 5.12.19, 3:01 PM
- Updated 5.12.19, 3:01 PM
- a min read
Twitter was abuzz with a recent statement made by finance minister Nirmala Sitharman in Parliament over the soaring prices of onions in the nation, inspiring a new hashtag.
The finance minister's comment has sparked an outrage on Twitter.
In a discussion on rising onion prices, Sitharaman said that she comes from a family that doesn't eat much onions.
"I don't eat much of onion and garlic. I come from such a family which doesn't have much to do with onion," she said, responding to a question by NCP MP Supriya Sule.
Sule had, however, raised the issue of NPAs and onion farmers.
"Why has the production of onion gone down? We export rice and milk and so many other products. Onion grower is a small farmer and he really needs to be protected", she had said.
Many Twitter users were of the opinion that the minister was not sympathetic to the common man's plight in the wake of skyrocketing onion prices. A hashtag — #SayItLikeNirmalaTai — consisting mostly of jokes on the minister's statement has been trending on Twitter since early this morning.
Here are a few examples:
Nirmala Sitharaman doesn't care about middle class coz she was always a backbencher.#SayItLikeNirmalaTai— Nirmala Tai (@Vishj05) December 5, 2019
Nirmala Sitharaman doesn't care about the economy because she doesn't travel economy class.#SayItLikeNirmalaTai— PuNsTeR™ (@Pun_Starr) December 4, 2019
Divorce rate is high in India since people keep getting married. #SayItLikeNirmalaTai— Rofl Republic 🍋🌶 (@i_theindian) December 4, 2019
Common Man: Onions have become very expensive. Pls do something.— Nirmala Tai (@Vishj05) December 5, 2019
Amit Shah: I am Jain, so I don't care.
Nirmala Sitharaman: I don't eat onions, so I don't care.
Modi ji: I eat imported mushrooms, so I don't care.#OnionPrices
Salman Khan doesn't care about bad roads because he drives on footpaths.#SayItLikeNirmalaTai— Tabish Qamar (@Tabishqmr) December 4, 2019
The finance minister had previously also been made fun of after her Ola-Uber remarks. The statement too had generated various memes and jokes on the internet as well as invited the wrath of netizens.