Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrived at the parliament today to present her maiden budget. However, departing from the norm, she carried the budget documents in a red cloth with the national emblem, instead of the usual briefcase. 


Reportedly, the red cloth is symbolic of the traditional ‘bahi-khatha‘ that many businessmen in India used to record finances. 

However, people were left divided about what the gesture meant and took to Twitter to express their opinions: 

The 2019 Union Budget will be announced in Lok Sabha today, at 11 am.