Congress Criticizes 2017-18 Budget Proposals

Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi, expressed grave displeasure over Union Budget 2017-18 on Wednesday and stressed that it has nothing to offer for the youth and farmers. Gandhi mentioned in a press briefing outside the Parliament that “we were expecting fireworks, instead got a damp squib. This budget is full of poetry. There is nothing for the youth or farmers. The government wanted to make an impact with budget before polls. But there was no impact. It should have announced something big for farmers.”

Gandhi claimed that Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, made a ‘good speech’ even though the budget had no mention of job creation. Gandhi alleged that the safety record of railways under this government is ‘very bad’ and “the rail safety record of this government is very bad. Did the Finance Minister say anything? Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken about bullet train. Has it come?” He mocked the budget by saying that “it’s a Budget of Sher o shayari, it has nothing for the unemployed youths or the farmers.”

Congress spokesperson, Manish Tewari, also alleged that the budget was ‘rhetorical’ and had ‘precious little’ in terms of job creation. Tewari stated that “this budget has again been high on rhetoric and low on delivery. While there are many grandiloquent pronouncements which have been made, but the fundamental reality that the economy needs to grow, jobs need to be created, private sector investment needs to be incentivised-all these three things are completely missing from the budget.”

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