The first budget of Modi cabinet was “utterly lacklustre, nondescript, uninspiring and directionless,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Friday.
He also said that by hiking the petrol and diesel prices, the government has “rubbed salt on the wounds” of the common man.
The first budget of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had proposed an increase of Re 1 per litre in both Special Additional Excise Duty, and Road and Infrastructure Cess for petrol and diesel.
Expressing the discontent with the budget Surjewala tweeted, “Maximum intent, minimum content! Maximum catchphrases, minimum catch-points!”
He asked if “empty words” can solve the distress of farmers. Though the government had assured that the farmer’s income would be doubled, Surjewala accused that there was no roadmap, no promise to give Minimum Support Price or plans to control drought or improve the rural economy.
Sitharaman suggested returning to the basics on “zero-budget farming”.
“Steps such as this can help in doubling our farmers’ income in time for our 75th year of Independence,” she said.
Surjewala asked if a mundane jugglery of ‘acronyms’ pass off for vision for a ‘New India’?
Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury claimed the Budget was fraudulent.
“Expenditure cuts in the last quarter in the run up to polls are not accounted for!” Yechury tweeted. “So a rosy picture of the economy is based on jugglery”