During the debate over corporate tax reduction bill in Rajya Sabha, the minister said that her remark was "in answer to a particular question".
She also questioned the need to import onions from Egypt when India exports rice and milk, and also urged the government to protect onion farmers.
"I don't eat much of onion-garlic". In this context, the finance minister replied: "I do not eat so much garlic, onion, so don't worry, I come from such a family where onion does not matter".
"I must say, from 2014, I have also been part of some of the group of ministers, which monitored the ups and downs in onion markets".
As the country battles a steep onion price rise, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman is drawing flak for her remarks in the Lok Sabha after she said that she "doesn't eat much of onion or garlic" and comes from a family where these are not consumed as much.
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"Why has the production gone down?" asked Sule.
He asked Sitharaman, "Do you eat Egyptian onions?" Sometimes when there was surplus of crop, we have also facilitated by giving support to those people who want to export it. "I have overnight past orders for helping with 5-7% assistance for exporting". Former minister, who is now out on bail, P. Chidambaram addressed a press conference on Thursday and said that Sitharaman was India's version of Marie Antoinette, who is often attributed the phrase that sums up the distance between the ruler and the ruled: 'let them have cake'. "Onion grower is a small farmer and he really needs to be protected", Sule had said.
Steps taken by the government to check rising prices of onion include ban on exports, imposition of stock limit, import and transfer of onion from surplus to deficit area.
Onion prices are soaring as high as Rs. 100/kg in several parts of the country, even touching Rs. 150/kg in Kolkata and Rs. 180/kg in Madurai. Just recently, a farmer in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur alleged that his onion crop worth Rs 30,000 was uprooted and stolen from his field by thieves.