Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Takes a Commuter’s Journey: Mumbai Local Train Adventure

Mumbai, 26th February 2024: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman embarked on a Mumbai local train journey from Ghatkopar to Kalyan, engaging with fellow passengers and generating excitement among commuters. The official Twitter handle of Nirmala Sitharaman shared pictures of her interaction with passengers, highlighting the minister’s outreach.

In one video shared on Twitter, Sitharaman is seen engrossed in a deep conversation with two men, patiently listening to them and offering her insights on the topic.

Social media reactions to Sitharaman’s local train journey were positive, with users appreciating her efforts to connect with the common people and shedding the VIP culture. Some suggested that similar trips during peak hours would provide a more realistic experience, considering the intense rush Mumbai local trains are known for during those times.

Mumbai local trains experience heavy congestion during peak hours, typically in the morning and evening. Passengers often face challenges finding space in the crowded compartments.

The timing of Sitharaman’s train ride, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2024, is seen as part of the BJP’s strategic approach to enhance its image among the public. This move follows the pattern set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been observed travelling in trains and metros, interacting with commuters, particularly after their inauguration.