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Minister Sleeping During FM Nirmala Sitharaman's Speech on Economic Slowdown Wakes Twitter Up

In a video that has gone viral, the Skill Development Minister of India, Mahendra Nath Pandey, can be seen sleeping as he sits behind Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who was speaking on the economic slowdown in the country.

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Updated:November 28, 2019, 10:39 AM IST
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Minister Sleeping During FM Nirmala Sitharaman's Speech on Economic Slowdown Wakes Twitter Up
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In a video that has gone viral, the Skill Development Minister of India, Mahendra Nath Pandey, can be seen sleeping as he sits behind Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while she addresses the economic slowdown in the country.

Sitharaman was countering the Opposition's argument that the GDP growth is the worst in seven years and the state of employment in the country is miserable. The finance minister, in an elaborate speech, explains that while the economy of the country has slowed down, it cannot be called recession yet.

Even as the Rajya Sabha discussed the state of economy, the attendance in the Upper House was dismal. The Opposition had been demanding a session on the same for a while now, and when the House did oblige, there were not enough MPs to form quorum. Perhaps that could explain Pandey's lack of enthusiasm? Or maybe, he is perfectly aware of the pitiable state of employment in the country (given, that he is the skill development minister), knows that speeches wouldn't cater to the job problem anyway and simply chooses to doze off instead. Well, we'll never know.

Nevertheless, a photo of him fast asleep just behind Nirmala Sitharaman has gone viral on social media with several people trolling him and the Centre for their overall lackadaisical attitude and nonchalance to the economic slump that India has been facing.

Quite an interesting debate, eh?

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