Taking on critics, Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said a “simple woman finance minister saying Act of God is taken sarcastically” while Latin word ‘force majeure’ is well accepted.
Speaking in Lok Sabha, Sitharaman — who is also the country’s first woman finance minister — said her remark is being also criticised because she “looks like a neighbourhood aunty” and asserted that twisting her comment is irresponsible.
On August 27, she said the economy had been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, which is an ‘Act of God’, and it will see a contraction in the current fiscal.Various political parties have criticised her comment.
“Many people spoke on GST compensation issue (and) my statement of Act of God was referred several times. I am happy for that. People like using Latin expression of force majeure, for expressing extraordinary situation. But simple woman finance…