Criticising the Budget, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said it lacked a clear vision and had nothing for farmers, youths and job creation. Other opposition parties too criticised the budget terming it “hollow” to “contractionary”.
“The main issue facing India today is creation of jobs. How are you going to solve that problem? On that front there was nothing. No vision, no idea and for farmers absolutely there is nothing,” Rahul Gandhi said.
“We were expecting fireworks, instead it was a damp squib,” the Congress leader said adding, “It is just ‘sher-o shayari’ in the budget. There is nothing for farmers and youth and nothing for job creation. There is no clear vision”.
Speaking to the press in Parliament soon after the budget was presented by Union Finance minister, Rahul Gandhi sought to question the government on the generation of employment. “The Prime Minister had promised in his speech last year to give two crore jobs for youths,” he said.
He, however, supported the proposal on political funding. “Whatever steps are to be taken to cleanse political funding, we will support it,” Rahul said.
Other opposition leaders too criticised the Budget.
Trinamool Congress, which skipped the presentation of Budget citing Saraswati Puja in West Bengal, called the Budget “clueless and misleading”, with its supremo Mamata Banerjee claiming it has no road map and is full of jugglery of numbers and hollow words.
“A controversial #Budget2017 which is clueless, useless, baseless, missionless and actionless. Heartless No roadmap for the country or the future from a government that has lost all its credibility,” the West Bengal CM shared on Twitter.
“Tax payers still have restrictions on withdrawals. Remove all restrictions immediately. And where are the figures for #DeMonetisation? Misleading. Full of jugglery of numbers and hollow words which mean nothing,” she added in another tweet, keeping up her attack on the government on the issue of demonetisation.
Another Opposition party CPI(M) claimed that the Budget will neither help in expanding domestic demand nor increase employment but burden the people as the government aims at “substantially” hiking indirect taxes to raise resources.
“The Finance Minister has joined the Prime Minister and the BJP President in producing ‘jumlas’. And this budget is a classic example of that,” CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury told the press.
The CPI(M) leader also claimed that the budget was “completely opposite” to the recommendations of the latest Economic Survey that the government should look inwards and bolster domestic demand. “This is a contractionary budget and not an expansionary one… It’s a complete gimmick,” Yechury added.
NCP’s Tariq Anwar said the budget was way below expectations and had nothing for farmers and youth, while CPI’s D Raja said the budget does not stoke any hope of retrieval of country’s economy, which he added, is in “bad shape as underscored in the economic survey”.
(With inputs from the PTI)