Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, February 1 presented NDA government’s last interim budget in the Parliament ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

While the Budget brought sheer cheer for the middle class by proposing full tax exemption for all the people with an annual income of up to Rs 5 lakh, the Opposition has hit out over the absence of “national treasurer.” The Congress party warned the citizens against the government’s “jumla risks”.

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in a series of tweets called the Interim Budget an “account for votes” instead of “vote-on-account”.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also reacted to the Interim budget and said that whole exercise has turned out to be “a damn squib.”

He said, “The whole exercise has turned out to be a damn squib. We’ve seen one good thing that is tax exemption for the middle class. Rs 6000 in income support for farmers boils down to Rs 500 per month. Is that supposed to enable them to live with the honour and dignity?”

Telugu Desam Party leader, Jay Galla, in a tweet called the budget a big “Jumla”. He tweeted, “It is a shame that in the guise of #Budget2019, the Centre is trying to cover up its failures over the past 5 years. Not having been able to fulfill the promises made in 2014, they have come out with a new #Jumla called Vision 2030. #BandAidBudget.”

West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee also reacted to the interim Budget, called it  “a budget of desperation.”

Swaraj Party Chief, Yogendra Yadav in a tweet said, “The ? 6,000 a year for farmers’ announcement basically means that in the next 3 months, Rs.20,000 crores will be spent by the govt in buying farmer votes for the BJP. But people know these schemes are merely to buy votes. These last minute tricks don’t work!”


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