The Opposition on Wednesday slammed the NDA government’s maiden budget in Rajya Sabha saying it lacked the vision and let down the people who believed in the “dreams” sold by BJP. The ruling side, however, countered the offensive saying the budget will take the country on the path of speedy economic growth and ensure human development.
Initiating the debate on general budget in Rajya Sabha, Congress’s Anand Sharma said it was “uninspiring”. He said the budget to a large extent was a copy of the UPA government’s policies and initiatives. Sharma took potshots at the government for talking about raising the FDI cap in insurance sector and pushing the Goods and Services Tax (GST). “The UPA government tried its best to push the GST... Its implementation would have lifted the economy and shot up the GDP by 2 per cent... But the opposition came from BJP-ruled states and none other than the then CM of Gujarat who is now the PM,” he said. Citing the “tall promises” given by the BJP, he said “even if Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh come on this earth, they will not be able to fulfil the dreams sold to Indians by this government”.
In similar vein, TMC’s Sukhendu Sekhar Roy called the budget a “dented and painted version” of UPA’s interim budget “The BJP spoke about sabka saat, sabka vikas. But there is no roadmap and it does not give any new vision, mission or dimension for the hungry millions of our country,” Roy said.
JD(U)’s Pawan Verma attacked the government for allocating “paltry sums” for schemes for education of girl children. Verma said the budget shows the BJP slogan now is sabka vote, kuchka vikas. He said the Rs 100 crore allocation for modernisation of madrasas meant Rs 15 per madrasa. P Rajeeve of the CPM said BJP and Congress are two sides of the same coin. SAD’s Naresh Gujaral said he personally favoured raising the FDI cap in defence sector to 51 per cent but noted that the Finance Minister has treaded cautiously on the issue in the budget.
While AIADMK’s S Muthukaruppan said his party welcomed the budget, SP’s Naresh Agrawal critised it.