After Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget in the Parliament today, the opposition parties, especially the Indian National Congress slammed the Centre and the Union Finance Minister for being “oblivious of the economic decline in the country”.
Many members of Congress party took to social media to share their thoughts on the Union Budget. Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor took a sly dig at the Bharatiya Janatha Party over the Budget.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said the “Union Budget is disappointing” and the “nation needs a bold budget”.
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the Union Budget was a letdown. “FM Nirmala Sitharaman ‘deceived’ people, especially poor, working-class, migrants and farmers,” he said, continuing, “Budget a let-down like never before; will unravel like previous one sooner than you think.”
Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari also tweeted his disappointment and said the Budget has no central focus.
Ahead of the Budget, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had put a tweet highlighting that the Centre must focus on various sectors and urged for the need to generate employment in the Budget.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamatha Banerjee slammed the Budget calling it an “anti-country budget”. “It is an anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-country budget. They are selling everything from PSUs to Insurance. This is a budget to deceive the masses,” Banerjee said. On the other side, Bengal is one of the top recipients for a large infrastructural boost as per the Finance Minister.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) spokesperson Derek O’Brien slammed the Union Budget for being “visionless” and added that the Budget’s theme was “Sell India”.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also slammed the Centre for increasing private investment in the Union Budget.
On the side, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the Union Budget, saying it will bring positive changes for various sectors.
“The Union Budget 2021-22 has been presented amid unprecedented circumstances. Today’s budget will enhance the country’s self-confidence and will instil self-confidence in the world. The budget has the vision of self-reliance (Aatmanirbhar) and takes along every section of society,” he said congratulating the Finance Minister and her team.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also hailed the Union Budget, saying the Budget will strengthen the economy of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi termed the Union Budget as “healthy”. “The Budget removes obstacles and provides considerable ease of living, focussing on the quality of life socially, economically, and environmentally,” she said.
Home Minister Amit Shah termed the Budget as a guide to “self-reliant India” in a series of tweets in Hindi. While lauding the Budget, Shah thanked the PM for setting aside Rs 35,000 Crore for vaccination. He said that Budget would make the country the fastest growing economy in the world. “The Budget will pave the way for a self-reliant India, a $5 trillion economy and doubles the farmers’ income,” he said.
Uttar Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also hailed the Budget saying that it will help in speeding up the economy and empower citizens financially. “The Budget is as per the intention of public welfare and a self-reliant India. The Budget has taken care of farmers, middle class, poor people and women. It will help in speeding up the economy and will empower citizens financially,” he said.