Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took on critics and Opposition in a fiery speech in the Parliament on Wednesday and said there was a slowdown in economic growth but there is no recession in the country. However, her speech failed to attract the attention of fellow MPs and ministers of the Union government, some of whom were seen dozing off behind her back.
In a video of Sitharaman's speech that has gone viral, Union minister for skill development, Mahendra Nath Pandey can be seen sleeping peacefully till someone comes from the back and wakes him up. Minister and Sitharaman's deputy Anurag Thakur can be seen looking surprised with his benchmate.
Nirmala Sitharaman launched a spirited defence of the economic condition of the country and the government's handling of it in the Parliament on Wednesday.