''Uninspiring, directionless', Cong first response to Modi 2.0 budget

DN Bureau

In its first reaction to the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Congress on Friday lashed out at the Narendra Modi government and said the budget proposals do not have any steps to help farmers mitigate their challenges and also had no policy on reviving rural economy.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala

New Delhi: In its first reaction to the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Congress on Friday lashed out at the Narendra Modi government and said the budget proposals do not have any steps to help farmers mitigate their challenges and also had no policy on reviving rural economy. 

"Will a few words solve the agrarian crisis?", tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala and added that there is only 'maximum intent, minimum content' in the budget. 

"An utterly lacklustre, nondescript, uninspiring and directionless budget. Zero on economic revival. Zero on rural growth. zero on job creation. zero on urban rejuvenation. Can a mundane jugglery of ‘acronyms’ pass off for vision for a ‘New India'?" Surjewala tweeted.

He also alleged that there is no proposal to double the farmer's income, no promise on Minimum Support Price (MSP), no way to fight drought, no proposal to revive rural economy.

Referring to the budget proposal to increase excise duty on petrol and diesel and cess on road and infrastructure, Surjewala said it will cause an increase of Rs 2 for diesel price only. (UNI)

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