NEW DELHI: The country's first full-time woman Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the first budget of the Modi government 2.0 in Parliament on Friday, cited Chanakyaniti at the beginning of the speech. In addition, she read Urdu lines and used Tamil poetry. She also apologised to Parliament for the problem of the incorrect pronunciation of line's rhetoric.
Nirmala Sitharaman, quoting Swami Vivekananda, emphasised on women empowerment, saying, "India's tradition has been to treat 'Narayani from Nari'. The woman is considered to be a goddess in our country. Nirmala also quoted a Tamil poem in the link of interpreting karma policy. She then explained the meaning of the verses of the poem. It has been a tradition to carry the budget document in the briefcase, but Nirmala wrapped it in a red cloth. Her parents also visited the House to see Finance Minister Nirmala presenting the first budget.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday termed the General Budget as a budget of public expectations. He has said that this will promote the development of the country in the 21st century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the budget will give strength to the poor and provide better tomorrow to the youth. With regard to the first budget of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government for the second consecutive term, PM Modi has said that the Budget shows that it can meet the expectations of the people.