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Arun Jaitley takes permission to sit while presenting Union Budget

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday sought permission from Lok Sabah Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to continue presenting the Union Budget for 2016-17 while sitting in his seat.

india Updated: Feb 29, 2016 13:09 IST

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Finance minister Arun Jaitley sought the speaker’s permission to sit during the budget speech.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley sought the speaker’s permission to sit during the budget speech.(AP Photo)
         

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday sought permission from Lok Sabah Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to continue presenting the Union Budget for 2016-17 while sitting in his seat.

Jaitley sought the Chair’s permission almost 25 minutes into his budget speech. The speaker agreed to his request.

He had, last year, also sat down while presenting the Budget in the Lok Sabha and then continued reading out the speech.

Jaitley had, in 2014, taken an unprecedented break during his budget speech due to back pain and had continued reading the document after a brief adjournment of the House.

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First Published: Feb 29, 2016 12:56 IST