New Delhi, Feb 2, 2017: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday presented the Budget 2017-18 which the chief of the non-BJP state termed as “useless, baseless, mission less, actionless and heartless.”
However, the government hailed the Budget as ‘path-breaking’ while Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed it as ‘Uttam’ Budget.
Here are the reactions of Non-BJP state Chief Ministers:
Terming the Union Budget 2017 as “useless and baseless”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed it has no roadmap and is full of jugglery of numbers and hollow words.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar termed the Union budget a “big disappointment” with no roadmap for the state’s development.
He said the budget was silent on how to take forward the second green revolution in Bihar and other eastern Indian states.
The chief minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik said the Union Budget 2017 is a ‘mixed bag and falls ‘short of expectations’ on many counts as not much has been done to address the adverse impact of note ban.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed optimism that the Northeast in general and Arunachal Pradesh, in particular, would immensely benefit from the Budget.
“Enhanced budgetary allocation for PMGSY and highways will particularly benefit a strategically-located frontier state like Arunachal Pradesh,” Khandu said in Itanagar. He also hailed the increased allocation for Scheduled Tribes, Rs 31,920 crore, and for Minority Affairs, Rs 4,195 crore.