Jaitley, who requested for a break of five minutes, was granted permission by Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan. (JPN)
Mahajan gave a break of five minutes as Jaitley appeared to be exhausted after a 40-minute fast-paced speech.
When the House reassembled, the Speaker said the break was given since the Finance Minister felt ‘slightly unwell’. She then allowed him to resume the budget presentation while being seated.
According to Lok Sabha sources, 61-year-old Jaitley also felt back pain and was once seen leaning on the lectern.
During his speech earlier in the day, Jaitley was frequently seen drinking water.
The Union Budget assumes significance as it is being presented at a time when the growth rate has almost become stagnant and a host of other problems like price rise and lack of employment opportunities have already inflicted a severe blow to the nation’s economic health.
Jaitley, who requested for a break of five minutes, was granted permission by Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan.