Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP’s ally Shiv Sena on Friday hailed the Union budget as being “visionary” and one that empowers women, the Opposition termed it “disastrous” and that Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has not understood the sufferings of people caused due to inflation.
“Congratulations to Narendra Modi ji and Nirmala Sitharaman ji. This is a visionary budget which will steer India with even greater speed towards a 5 trillion dollar economy. The very fact that Modi ji’s government could add a trillion dollar in just 5 years makes it even more achievable,” Fadnavis said. He added that the micro economic scenario is more inclusive with more stress on infrastructure creation with a “whooping target of Rs 100 lakh crore in 5 years.”
The chief minister said stress on schemes for “gao, gareeb, kisaan” (villages, poor people and farmers) and women makes the Budget even more inclusive. Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande, the BJP’s ally in the NDA government at the Centre, welcomed the budgetary provisions.
“This is an all-inclusive and balanced budget. It gives priority to rural economy…Plus, a woman minister presented the budget which was a proud moment,” Kayande said.
She praised the budget over its provisions relating to education and railways. Kayande, however, said the government’s proposal to increase import duty on gold and precious metals from 10 per cent to 12.5 per cent could be reconsidered.
“It should be reduced as gold has emotional value attached to it in the country,” she said Maharashtra Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said Modi government has paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, by focusing on the well-being of villagers, poor people and farmers. He added that the biggest achievement of the Modi government is to make India a 2.7 trillion dollar economy in 5 years and make the country’s economy seventh largest in the world.
“The government’s impetus on more investment to generate employment opportunities is highly moralizing for the youth. The budgetary allocation for employment, industries and basic needs will take the country to new heights. This is a budget that has given justice to all sectors, is all inclusive,” Mungantiwar said.
BJP’s Maharashtra unit chief Raosaheb Danve said the Finance minister presented a phenomenal and a visionary budget and that the government has catered to the core needs of the country to take India to the path of success in future. “The Budget encompasses visionary development for all the sectors. Be it the rural sector, farm, urban development to startups. We are committed in taking our country ahead,” he said.
NCP state president Jayant Patil said the Finance minister was expected to understand the sufferings of people due to inflation, however, the Budget is not only a failure in curbing high prices of commodities but also demotivating the youth. “This is a confused budget. It is not clear exactly which sector does the government intend to give impetus upon. We expected that schemes related to agriculture will get more funds. Also, a large number of companies have closed down in the country. No solution can be seen over them. The Finance minister has not understood that she should not take populist decisions but tread the difficult path to ensure the economy does not slide,” Patil, the former Finance minister of Maharashtra said.
Maharashtra Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde said the budget was a “disastrous” one and the hike of Rs 1 in fuel prices will break the back of common man and its ill effects will be seen in all sectors. “Most of the announcements in the budget are contrary to people’s expectations. Maharashtra has not received anything from this Budget. Except fancy words and promises, common man has not received anything. If the Finance minister using a red cloth with the national emblem on it instead of the customary suitcase, the aim behind doing so has not been fulfilled because her speech was in English, while it should have been in the national language,” he said.
The NCP leader further said Modi government repaid people’s love and affection in the Lok Sabha elections by increasing prices of fuel. “We are scared to even think what more people will have to bear in the next 5 years,” Munde said.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said the budget has fleeced the common man through the increase in fuel prices. He added that middle class people have not got any respite from the government. Leader of opposition in the state Legislative Assembly, Vijay Wadettiwar, expressed disappointment on the budget and said it would bring about price rise.
Speaking in Nagpur, he said, “The increase in the price of petrol in the budget will bring about price rise. “There are no special provisions in the budget for farmers and unemployed. The common man will not get anything from the budget,” he said.