February 18, 2024
Shashi Tharoor Criticizes Interim Budget Speech for Lack of Substance
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Shashi Tharoor Criticizes Interim Budget Speech for Lack of Substance

Shashi Tharoor Criticizes Interim Budget Speech for Lack of Substance

Shashi Tharoor Criticizes Interim Budget Speech for Lack of Substance

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor criticized Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s interim budget speech, stating it lacked concrete implementation and relied on vague and rhetorical language. Tharoor expressed disappointment, emphasizing that the speech addressed foreign investment without acknowledging its significant decline. He highlighted the absence of specific figures and the general nature of the speech.

Manish Tewari Labels Budget as ‘Vote-on-Account’

Congress MP Manish Tewari characterized the interim budget as a ‘vote-on-account’ with the sole purpose of keeping the government solvent for the first quarter of the fiscal year. Tewari expressed concerns about the high budget deficit, pointing out that the government is borrowing for its expenditure.

Congress Leaders Express Discontent with Budget

Various Congress leaders, including Sachin Pilot, Supriya Shrinate, and Sushil Kumar Rinku, voiced discontent with the budget. They criticized the lack of provisions for common people, employment, agriculture, and women. Shrinate mentioned discrepancies between government claims and actual data on income. Rinku predicted potential losses for the BJP in the 2024 elections due to the budget.

DMK MP T Siva Anticipates Improved Budget After Next Elections

DMK MP T Siva expressed anticipation for a better budget after the next elections. He stated that the government is waiting for the next full budget, which they will present after the elections.

Shiv Sena (UBT) Describes Budget as Disappointing

Priyanka Chaturvedi of Shiv Sena (UBT) mentioned that the budget poured cold water on the expectations of the general public. She criticized the government for a decade of disparities between words and actions and noted a lack of provisions for the poor, women, and youth.

Key Concerns Raised by Opposition

The opposition raised concerns about the interim budget’s lack of substance, reliance on vague language, and the perceived disconnect between government claims and actual economic indicators. Criticism focused on specific issues such as foreign investment, budget deficit, and the overall impact on various sectors and demographics.

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