West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today called the Union Budget “completely visionless” which will increase the sufferings of the common people.
“#Budget2019 is completely visionless. In fact, the total vision is derailed. On top of it, not only have they imposed cess but also special additional excise duty on petrol and diesel leading to price increase by nearly Rs 2.50/litre for petrol and Rs 2.30/litre for diesel. As a result, price hikes will hit from transport to market to kitchens. Commoners are suffering and suffering,” Banerjee, also Trinamool Congress supremo, said in a tweet.
TMC Rajya Sabha party leader Derek O’ Brien said the government is still selling dreams and not delivering. “Far from a dream, it is (budget) a nightmare for common people who are suffering,” he said.
Meanwhile, calling Prime Minister Modi “an incremental reformer…who thinks only he can deliver basic goods and services to the people” former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, dubbed the first Budget of the Modi government-2.0 as an “insipid Budget” that belied the people’s expectations.
Chidambaram hit out at the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also and said that her Budget speech was an “unusually opaque exercise”. Criticising Sitharaman who presented her maiden budget as the finance minister, Chidambaram asked “Has there ever been a budget speech that does not disclose the total revenue, the total expenditure, the fiscal deficit, the revenue deficit?”