Did Nirmala Sitharaman get angry during the 2024 budget question session? No, the video is from 2023!

The video is old and from last year 2023 budget conference

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Nirmala Sitharaman held a press conference & a journalist asked a question about the budget. She went arrogant. Look at blood-boiling expressions. A neutral media would rip this govt apart into pieces for this. #Budget2024

 

 

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Explanation

On February 1, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave a presentation of her sixth budget. In advance of the general elections later this year, this was an interim budget. The Interim Budget 2024 preserved fiscal consolidation and continued capital expenditures while emphasizing the empowerment of women and youth.

In this case, a 48-second video is doing rounds on the internet showing Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman getting annoyed when the journalists question her. We can hear the reporters saying, “Ma’am, they said not good enough.” For this, the Finance Minister asked if you could please repeat their words. Then the journalist conveyed the opposition’s Budget feedback to the Finance Minister. This makes Nirmala Sitharaman irritated and she cuts back and skips the person’s question. This post is uploaded with a claim stating, “Nirmala Sitharaman went arrogant with blood-boiling expressions when the journalists questioned her about the 2024 budget.” You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

When we started analysis of the viral video we noticed the logo of ‘Brut’ in it. Taking this as a cue with some relevant keyword search on Google we found out that the viral video is from last year 2023 and not a recent one.

The Brut India video, titled “This was FM’s reply when a journalist tried to convey the Opposition’s view on Budget,” can be found on YouTube which was uploaded on the date February 1, 2023.

Also, when we advanced our search, we found the whole video which was live-streamed by PIB India on 1 February 2023. When we watched the whole video, we were able to hear the viral part starting around the timestamp of 42:40.

Likewise, this incident was covered by the Mint article which states, “When a reporter pointed out that Opposition parties had said the union Budget 2023 was not good enough, FM Sitharaman said, “Whaaat’?

The video is indeed true, but is from last year 2023 and not from 2024 as the viral claim suggests.

Conclusion:

Thus, we conclude that the viral video stating that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman went arrogant with blood-boiling expressions when the journalists questioned her about the 2024 budget is false and misleading. In reality, the video is from 2023.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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