The Budget 2021 presented by the Narendra Modi government is a “Betrayal” as it provides no relief to the common people, the Congress party said today.
Addressing a press conference after the budget was present in Parliament, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Congress national spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Congress party would rate the Union Budget 2021 as 5 on a scale of 10.
“The finance minister did not speak anything on the expenditure on defence. In regards to the health sector, she clubbed the allocation for vaccines and grants of the Finance Commission to it,” P Chidambaram said, adding that the Congress had always been of the view that allocation for defence and health sectors should be hiked in Budget 2021.
Speaking about the special budget allocations made to poll-bound states, the Congress said people are not going to be fooled by these “big announcements”.
“People know that implementing them will take years,” Chidambaram said, adding that the only thing that Budget 2021 has brought is “hopelessness”.
“Just like last year’s budget, truth of this budget will also be exposed soon,” he said.
The Congress leader also said he middle class has not been provided any relief in the form of changing income tax slabs.
“Only the rich have benefitted (form the budget),” the Congress said.
Hitting out at the Modi government over its decision to privatise more sectors, Randeep Surjewala said the government’s new philosophy is “bech khayenge sab kuch, nahi chodenge ab kuch (we won’t spare anything because we will sell off everything)”.
“The Modi government’s budget will sell out airports, Railways, warehouses, seaports, roads and electricity to private players,” he said.
On budget allocation for rural areas, Surjewala said Budget 2021 has done a “grave injustice” to rural India.
“Allocation for MGNREGA has been decreased by 42 per cent,” he claimed, adding that this is a “deadly attack” on the poor.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said instead of putting cash in the hands of the poor, the government is handing over the country’s assets to the capitalists.
“Forget putting cash in the hands of people, Modi government plans to handover India’s assets to his crony capitalist friends,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Source – Agency Input