New Delhi, Feb 1: CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s 2018-19 budget was “unconnected to ground realities”.
In his reaction to Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s last full budget before the next Lok Sabha election, Yechury said it “is a textbook exercise in post-truth”.
Whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it will strengthen the Indian economy. He claimed, “From food processing to fibre optics, roads to shipping, youth to senior citizen, rural India to Ayushmaan Bharat, Digital India to Start Up India, this budget strengthens hopes and aspirations of crores of Indians.”
former Prime Minister HD Dewe Gowda told ANI,”FM has tried to make improvements for farmers but the problems of farmers and rural people are enormous. Measures may not be sufficient.”
The Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar also praised the budget and said, Announcements regarding education, health and agriculture made. ”
“A national health protection scheme to benefit 10 crore poor families announced, it is a huge initiative. I would like to congratulate the government,” he added.
Whereas the Congress party criticised the budget by saying that the govt. has attempted to pay lip service to farmers and to other marginalised sections of society. Manish Tewari of the Congress party stated budget provisions as classic case of too less and completely at the inappropriate time.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that he was disappointed with the Union Budget and the BJP-led central government has continued its “step-motherly treatment” to the city state.
“I had expected some financial assistance to important infrastructure projects for national capital. Am disappointed that Centre continues its step-motherly treatment to Delhi,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader said in a tweet.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also termed the budget as “disappointing”, saying that the Narendra Modi government has been treating people in Delhi as second-grade citizens.
Earlier in the speech, Jaitley said India was poised to become a $5 trillion economy soon.