Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses the Lok Sabha during the second part of Parliament’s budget session in New Delhi on Monday, April 4, 2022. (Sansad TV / PTI photo)
Sitharaman’s remarks came after Congress MP Shashi Tharoor answered a question on foreign investment.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched a scathing attack on Trinamool MP Saugat Roy, saying Roy should never forget that he had to intervene when the minister replied. While answering a question in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Sitharaman was referring to the TMC MP’s obstruction.
“Why, when I stand up to answer, there is always the urge to comment. Can I plead through you that even scholarly members like Professor Saugat Roy never forget that he should be listened to, he never forgets that the minister should interrupt when he answers? Sitharaman asked while addressing the Speaker in Parliament.
“I wish he would get up after my end without being satisfied for a short time to stop me and ask for an explanation,” he added.
The Finance Minister made the remarks after answering a question from Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on foreign investment. Tharoor had earlier raised the flag of withdrawal of foreign institutional investors from India for the sixth consecutive month and asked the finance minister what the Center was doing to stem the tide.
Sitharaman then said that the flow of foreign direct investment in India was uninterrupted before and during the Kovid and India remained the largest recipient of FDI.
Moreover, the finance minister’s scathing attacks on Saugat Roy come two years after a row started in September 2020 when he made controversial remarks against Sitharaman.
Saugat Roy objected to the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill when he slammed Sitaraman, citing strong opposition to BJP members and pressure on the economy. The verdict was then rejected by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
Party leader Prahlad Joshi was outraged by the remarks of Smriti Irani grassroots member.
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