After announcing the Union Budget 2021, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her team attended the post-Budget press conference and fielded questions from the reporters.
#UnionBudget2021 @nsitharaman holds a press conference with officials from the Finance Ministry on the Union Budget 2021. pic.twitter.com/96NRzeLHo8— NEWS9 (@NEWS9TWEETS) February 1, 2021
Though ideally reporters are allowed one question each, most reporters overlook this rule, which is exactly what happened at the press conference.
But, when a female reporter, Gulveen from ET, stated that she’d be asking two questions, Nirmala Sitharaman’s colleague pointed out that she was only allowed to ask one.
And that’s when the finance minister immediately remarked, “Why do you say that only to her, you didn’t stop the guys”.
Her comment drew laughter from the crowd, even as the reporter thanked her for taking her questions. Of course, the internet wasted no time in commenting on the issue:
#India‘s finance minister @nsitharaman stands up for #women at post-budget press conference.— Joyce Lau 😷 (@JoyceLauNews) February 2, 2021
When a female reporter was reprimanded for asking too many questions, Sitharaman says “Why do you say that only to her? You didn’t stop the guys.”
By @ndtv https://t.co/88Ho2Yd7ZL
One out of the many reasons why the Parliament needs more women representatives #youdidntstoptheguys https://t.co/BuMa3xNILi— Saurabh Tiwari (@tiwarisaurabh1) February 2, 2021
"You Didn't Stop The Guys": Nirmala Sitharaman's Remark Draws Laughter https://t.co/OH65NGviox via @ndtv pic.twitter.com/5rSLHcN4V9— Kumar🇮🇳 (@kum_1_09) February 2, 2021
You didn't stop the guys: FM after woman journo stopped from asking 2 questions https://t.co/0yJHmQRHE3— Chalta_Purja (@Chalta_Purja) February 1, 2021
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