Kodagu: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lost her cool at a press conference following her visit to Karnataka's flood-hit Kodagu district.
During a press conference, Sitharaman blasted Karnataka minister Sa Ra Mahesh publicly. "Central minister following in-charge minister, unbelievable," she said, in a spat that was recorded on camera.
According to reports, Sitharaman got upset after the Karnataka minister asked her to wind up the press conference at the district commissioner's office citing lack of time.
"I am following a minute-to-minute programme, minister. If officials are important, my parivaar (family) is also important.... Central minister follows the minister in-charge here. Unbelievable," she rebuked Mahesh at the dais.
When told this conversation was getting recorded on cameras, Sitharaman, a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, shot back "Let it get recorded."
Asked her to speak in the mic by mediapersons, Sitharaman, still visibly upset, said "Record whatever you want."
The Defence minister announced a financial aid of Rs. 1 crore from her Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme for the flood-hit districts of Karnataka.
"I am a member of Parliament from Karnataka. I want to offer Rs 1 crore from my MPLAD (Members of Parliament Local Area Development) for Kodagu district."
Torrential rains have hit the Kodagu district hard over the last week, killing 17 people and leaving a huge trail of destruction.