On January 4, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave a two-hour-long speech in the Lok Sabha answering Congress’ allegation on the Rafale deal. After her speech in Lok Sabha, a 4-second clip from the Minister’s speech is circulating on social media. The message circulated along with clip said, “आज संसद में रक्षा मंत्री निर्मला सीतारमन ने कहा प्रधानमंत्री चोर है (Today in parliament, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said pradhan mantri chor hai -translated)”.

चोर 😂😂

“आज संसद में रक्षा मंत्री निर्मला सीतारमन ने कहा प्रधानमंत्री चोर है” 😂😂

Posted by With Rahul Gandhi on Friday, 4 January 2019

Facebook pages With Rahul Gandhi, News Live, Abu Taleb Khan Page and Viral Story Insight have shared the clip with an identical text. So far, they have attracted a combined view count -nearly of 11,000.

Sitharaman criticises Congress

During her speech in the Lok Sabha, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attacked the Congress party for calling her a ‘liar’ and the Prime Minister a ‘thief’.

In the video clip, Sitharaman can be heard saying, “Now just one little additional clarification because all of us are very very sensitive about our names being taken, even if exact quotes are produced, we are very worried about the names being taken, so am I…..I was called.. that remark is expunged now I understand.. but I was called ‘jhoothi’ (liar). I am sorry unparliamentary it might be. It was.. I heard in the melee on that day, ‘Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman jhooth bol rahi hai’, later on it was expunged, later on it was expunged… now Raksha Mantri jhooth bol rahi hai…Pradhan Mantri chor hai.. yeh bhi iss parliament mein bola gaya…Pradhan Mantri jhoothe hai yeh bhi idhar bola gaya madam.”

A portion of the above video was mischievously clipped and circulated on social media.

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