Nirmala Sitharaman’s slip of tongue invites horse-trading jibes

Opposition leaders have made jibes at Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s slip of tongue where she mistakenly said horse-trading instead of horse racing.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference briefing media about the deliberations of the 47th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council Meeting, in Chandigarh. (PTI Photo)

The Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday made a slip of the tongue while talking on the GST imposition on horse racing. In a video that is circulating on social media, the minister can be heard saying “horse-trading” instead of “horse racing” before quickly correcting herself.

The video has garnered reactions from opposition parties as several leaders took to Twitter to comment on the minister’s faux pas.

Congress’s chairman of media and publicity Pawan Khera took a jibe at the BJP minister and said, “I knew Nirmala Sitharaman ji had the ability to think out of the (ballot) box.”

The Congress’s Secretary Vineet Punia also tweeted the video and said, “We welcome Nirmala Sitharaman ji’s proposal to impose GST on horse-trading.”

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said, “Truth gallops out? GST on horse trading!”

Indian Youth Congress’s national president Srinivas BV also commented on the video.

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