“Does She Eat Avocado?”: P Chidambaram on Sitharaman’s onion statement

Nirmala Sitharaman
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 5: The Opposition parties attacked Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman when she said “I-don’t-eat-onions” in parliament as Congress called it her “Marie Antoinette moment” and wondering whether she preferred avocado.

Nirmala Sitharaman had made the remarks when opposition MPs had interrupted her statement on the government’s measures to combat soaring onion prices.

On Wednesday, when the Finance Minister was speaking in the Lok Sabha about the decision to import onions from Egypt and other countries, NCP MP Supriya Sule had questioned the decision and asked why production had gone down.

An MP had asked Ms Sitharaman: “Do you eat Egyptian onions?”

The Finance Minister had replied: “I don’t eat a lot of onions and garlic, so don’t worry. I come from a family that doesn’t have much to do with onions.”

The Finance Minister said yesterday that she doesn’t eat onions, so what does she eat? Does she eat avocado,” Mr Chidambaram, a Rajya Sabha member, derided. His son Karti Chidambaram, a Lok Sabha MP, tweeted “our own Marie Antoinette”.

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