Insipid & all talk, says Oppn

Insipid & all talk, says Oppn

New Delhi, February 1

While PM Narendra Modi was joined by top BJP leaders in hailing the Budget, the Opposition slammed Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcements as “insipid and all talk”.

Mere rambling

I did not see any concrete, strategic idea that can help our youngsters get jobs... There is a lot of rambling... all talk and nothing happening.— Rahul Gandhi, Cong leader

Unimpressed, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said it offered no strategic idea and left the issue of unemployment unaddressed. He was talking to the media outside Parliament. At the Congress press conference, former Finance Minister PC Chidambaram said the government’s claim of 6-6.5 per cent growth next year was “astonishing and irresponsible”. Asked to rate the Budget on a 1-10 scale, he took a dig, saying “10 has got a 1 and 0, you can pick either. I am okay with it.”

TMC chief Mamata Banerjee called the proposal to sell a part of government share in LIC a plan to “ambush” the legacy of public institutions.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the Budget had no plan to alleviate “people’s miseries”. BKU leader Rakesh Tikait called it disappointing. — TNS/PTI

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