The Interim Budget presented by Piyush Goyal is being criticized by the opposition parties and has been named another ‘jumla’.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said “This is a Budget of desperation (and) it will not be implemented. The tenure of this government will be over in one month. After elections, a new government will come and present a new Budget.”
Calling it a disappointment for the public, BSP chief Mayawati said in a statement that the Budget is a “jumlebaazi” which is far from finding solutions to existing problems.
Former finance minister with the UPA government P Chidambaram slammed Goyal for “copying Congress’ declaration that the poor have the first right to the resources of the country”. He was referring to Rahul Gandhi’s recent announcement of providing basic minimum income to the country’s poor.”
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said, “There is no relief for majority landless farmers and labourers in the Budget. The BJP government is concerned only about collecting votes, and not about the people.”
Congress President Rahul Gandhi criticised the ruling BJP government for offering “Rs 17 per day” to farmers calling it an “insult”. He tweeted:
Final jumla of Modi govt : it's interim budget too completely disappoints Delhi. Our share in central taxes remains frozen at Rs 325 crore & nothing earmarked for local bodies.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 1, 2019
Delhi continues to be on its own financially.
Rajya Sabha member and RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha said, “People expected a surgery but the government could not imagine beyond Band-Aid.”
Calling it an “election Budget”, senior CPI leader D Raja said, “It is an exercise to cover up failures… The macro-level claims do not match with the micro-level realities.”
While BJP leaders are unhesitatingly praising the Interim Budget, presented by Piyush Goyal.
The interim budget has been lauded by ailing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who called it “unquestionably Pro-Growth, Fiscally prudent, Pro-Farmer, and Pro-Poor.”
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that all sections of the society “including farmers, middle class, poor and women have been mentioned in this budget. This budget will help achieve the dream of a New India”.