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Budget 2019: Here is how key politicians reacted to the Interim Budget

Updated : February 01, 2019 09:22 PM IST

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presented the Interim Budget in the parliament on Friday. The budget that comes just months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls has announced various schemes aimed at the middle class and agrarian population of the country.

Here is how key politicians reacted to the interim budget.

Finance minister Piyush Goyal presented an interim budget stuffed with largesse targeted at the salaried middle class and rural poor.
Finance minister Piyush Goyal presented an interim budget stuffed with largesse targeted at the salaried middle class and rural poor.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the nation after the interim Budget 2019, said poverty rate is being reduced significantly through various government schemes. He said the interim budget touches all sections of the society and added that it is a merely a
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the nation after the interim Budget 2019, said poverty rate is being reduced significantly through various government schemes. He said the interim budget touches all sections of the society and added that it is a merely a "trailer" of what will guide India towards prosperity after the Lok Sabha elections.
BJP president Amit Shah praised the interim budget for
BJP president Amit Shah praised the interim budget for "benefiting" all sections of society. He further said that the budget proved that the government is dedicated to the aspirations of the country's youths, farmers and poor.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi termed the government decision to provide farmers Rs 17 a day was an insult to the latter. “You can waive off Rs 3.5 Lakh Crore loan of 15 people but give only Rs 17 per day to farmers! What else is this, if not an insult?” he said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi termed the government decision to provide farmers Rs 17 a day was an insult to the latter. “You can waive off Rs 3.5 Lakh Crore loan of 15 people but give only Rs 17 per day to farmers! What else is this, if not an insult?” he said.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar reacted positively to the budget and welcomed the decision to transfer Rs 6,000 directly to farmers' accounts. He said that the decision will strengthen economic conditions of rural areas.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar reacted positively to the budget and welcomed the decision to transfer Rs 6,000 directly to farmers' accounts. He said that the decision will strengthen economic conditions of rural areas.
Another person to react positively to the budget was Odisha's CM Naveen Patnaik. The CM, while welcoming tax benefits for middle and lower income groups and direct benefit transfer to both farmers, added that the latter would have got more benefit if quantum of assistance was equal or more than that provided by the KALIA Scheme in Odisha.
Another person to react positively to the budget was Odisha's CM Naveen Patnaik. The CM, while welcoming tax benefits for middle and lower income groups and direct benefit transfer to both farmers, added that the latter would have got more benefit if quantum of assistance was equal or more than that provided by the KALIA Scheme in Odisha.
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, however, attacked the government for allegedly forgetting the farmers who are currently suffering from debt. Singh said that he wanted to know what the government had done for farmers who are in debt. He also criticised the centre for ignoring the unemployed youth.
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, however, attacked the government for allegedly forgetting the farmers who are currently suffering from debt. Singh said that he wanted to know what the government had done for farmers who are in debt. He also criticised the centre for ignoring the unemployed youth.
Former finance minister P Chidambaram described the Interim Budget as an account for votes.
Former finance minister P Chidambaram described the Interim Budget as an account for votes."It was not a Vote on Account but an Account for Votes,” the veteran leader tweeted.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said the Interim Budget had absolutely no value as the term of the NDA government would end soon.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said the Interim Budget had absolutely no value as the term of the NDA government would end soon. "Who will implement this (Interim Budget)? Will the new government that will come into being implement this budget? Before election a vote on account is placed," She asked.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said that the interim budget6 was a gift to farmers, labourers, women and middle class of India. The CM added that the budget has created a blueprint of India of 2030.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said that the interim budget6 was a gift to farmers, labourers, women and middle class of India. The CM added that the budget has created a blueprint of India of 2030.
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