Last Updated: February 01, 2023, 18:19 IST
While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members of parliament hailed the finances as pro-middle class and progressive, the Union finances introduced on Wednesday by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman elicited blended response from the Opposition.
Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP, mentioned whereas he’s but to undergo the finances intimately, there was nothing on unemployment and inflation.
“While there were many things in the budget, it did not say anything on unemployment and inflation,” said Tharoor. When asked about his views on announcement regarding tourism in the budget, he said, “It is a good thing and there should be focus on tourism, but I don’t think what the government did was enough in the budget. There are many things that could have been done.”
Jayant Sinha, former finance minister, gave 10 on 10 to the union budget. “This is a budget that ensures that India remains the star of economies even as many economies stumbled. There is an impetus on green growth and push to cooperative sectors and whatever the Opposition says is incorrect. This budget is well planned,” he added.
Kailash Choudhary, MoS agriculture, mentioned it’s a finances that has touched lives of each phase and sector. “There is talk of natural farming and organic farming. ICAR budget had been increased. We are happy that millets have been recounted as Shree Anna,” said Choudhary.
On the Opposition’s allegations of MNREGA not getting prominence, Chaudhary said, “The Opposition can say anything, their allegations are baseless,” added the minister.
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DRAMA IN THE HOUSE
The Opposition kept commenting on the announcements during the FM’s address. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury got up from his seat several times while the FM was delivering the budget speech. Dayanidhi Maran of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) could be heard calling it “a budget of acronyms”.
At one time when Congress chief Rahul Gandhi entered Parliament, a couple of of the parliamentarians of the occasion got here with him, shouting ‘Bharat Jodo’ slogan.
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While the FM made the announcement associated to private tax, the treasury benches erupted shouting ‘Modi, Modi’.
A few Opposition MPs laughed when the FM introduced ‘Shree Anna’ because the identify for millets, whereas treasury benches appreciated the respect that the handle accorded to India’s try to make millets in style internationally.