The X account of Nirmala Sitharaman’s Office posted images of the minister traveling and posing for photos with other travelers.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke with other travelers while traveling to Laxmi Nagar on Friday using the Delhi Metro train.

Photos of the minister during the trip, including her being photographed with other travelers, were posted on her official X account. On social media, a video of Sitharaman’s ride on the Delhi Metro was also circulated. The fact that Sitharman was taking public transportation even as a minister was well-received by several internet users. However, some criticized her acts as “a drama” in the run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha election.

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Here’s what happened when people saw the footage of Nirmala Sitharaman riding the Delhi Metro.

One user said, “Should have asked tax-related question.”

“It’s heartening to see Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman leading by example by opting for public transportation and engaging with fellow commuters,” wrote another individual.

“Why is this image that we are seeing throughout the election campaign so strange? Despite being in power for ten years, this image hasn’t been seen on a daily basis. No, it’s called DRAMA,” a third person said.

Sitharaman expressed confidence earlier in the day that following the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will regain a sizable majority.

During her speech at the CII Annual Business Meeting, she stated, “We look forward to a more pointed engagement with the CII to see what can be done in the July budget, which will be the full year’s budget…a lot of consultation can begin with the CII team as well.”

According to Sitharaman, the nation has enormous development prospects for every sector of the economy. The minister stated that India has progressed from the twin balance sheet issue of the past to the twin balance sheet advantage, citing the RBI and Economic Survey as evidence. This has created market vibrancy, which in turn has fueled corporate investment expansion on the one hand and bank willingness and capacity to lend on the other.