New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday, in a fresh attack on Narendra Modi-led NDA government, said that it does not have the moral authority or responsibility to place the budget. Her reaction came after Union Minister Piyush Goyal presented the budget in the Lok Sabha. Also Read - 'I Apologise... Just Forgot the Name': Kamal Nath Explains 'Item' Jibe After Controversy, EC Takes Note
Talking to reporters, Banerjee said, “This government has no moral authority or responsibility to place the budget for five years when they’ll not be in power. The government will go for expiry. After expiry, if you give medicine, is there any value? What will be the value? This is absolutely valueless.” Also Read - 'Global Pandemic Made us Realise Importance of Technology, Teamwork': PM Modi at Grand Challenges Meet
Meanwhile, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Friday called the Interim Budget 2019 a damp squib. He had said, “We’ve seen one good thing; that is, tax exemption for the middle class. Rs 6,000 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?”
While presenting the interim budget, Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced a hike in income tax exemption limit from the present Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh per annum.
Goyal also said that budget will act as a facilitator for the growth of the country. He had said, “This is not just an interim budget. Ye desh ka vikas yatra ka madhyam hai. (This is not just an interim budget, but the channel to the country’s progress route). ”
He added that the country is changing due to the “josh” (enthusiasm) of the people.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley also lauded the Interim Budget and had said it marks a high point in the policy directions that the Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given to this nation. He added that Interim Budgets are also an opportunity for the Government of the day to introspect their performance of the last five years and place its facts before the people.