New Delhi, Feb 2: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s estranged ally – Shiv Sena – on Friday took a potshot at the ruling party in Rajasthan over its dismal performance in bypolls, results of which were announced on Thursday, February 1. The BJP was decimated by the Congress in both Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha bypoll. The Rahul Gandhi-led party also bagged the Mandalgarh Assembly seat. Also Read - ED Raids Premises Linked to Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik in Money-Laundering Case
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut described Gujarat and Rajasthan election results as trailer and interval respectively while adding that the ‘movie’ will come in 2019, the year India holds the next Lok Sabha elections. Also Read - Sanjay Raut Takes A Dig At BJP With 'Death Anniversary' Jibe, Says Maha Aghadi Govt Will Complete Its Entire Term
Raut also ruled out any possibility of his party taking a U-turn on its decision of fighting the 2019 general elections alone. Also Read - This Time Swearing-in Will be Held at Appropriate Hour: Fadnavis Exudes Confidence of Forming Govt in Maharashtra
“Gujarat elections were a trailer and Rajasthan byPoll the interval, now the film we will show in 2019. No question of going back from our resolution of fighting alone in 2019, once the arrow has left the bow it doesn’t come back,” Sanjay Raut told reporters.
‘Jaitley’s Budget Fantastic on Papers’
Commenting on the Union Budget 2018, which was presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament on Thursday, Raut questioned the government’s claim of the budget being farmer friendly.
“Jaitley’s Union Budget was fantastic but only on paper. Farmers are committing suicide, it won’t be suitable to comment about it’s implementation so soon,” the shiv Sena leader added.
In his 110 minute speech, in which he kept switching from English to Hindi, Jaitley announced plans for agriculture, rural housing, organic farming, animal husbandry and fisheries with a total allocation of Rs 14.34 lakh crore.
“My government is committed for the welfare of farmers,” he said announcing that his party’s election promise of fixing a minimum support price (MSP) at 150 per cent of the cost will be implemented for all kharif crops this year.
Also, credit to agriculture would be raised to Rs 11 lakh crore in the coming fiscal from Rs 10 lakh crore and kisan credit card extended to fisheries and animal husbandry farmers. Rs 2,000 crore will be provided for development of agri market and export of agriculture commodities will be liberalised.
(With inputs from agencies)