New Delhi, Feb 01: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is all set to present his last full budget ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha election in Parliament on Thursday. All eyes are on Jaitley’s budget speech to know what sops he will announce for the common man and farmers. Also Read - Budget 2021: An Increase in Standard Deduction Limit May Bring Relief to WFH Employees | Here's What it Means
Arun Jaitley has already come up as finance minister with second largest speeches. His first budget speech in 2014 had 253 paragraphs and he read it for 2 hours and 10 minutes. While in 2003 Jaswant Singh’s first budget only had 39 paragraphs long. Also Read - Subsidy on Canteen Food Served in Parliament Ends; Lok Sabha To Save Rs 8 Crore Per Year
The longest budget speech was presented by former finance minister, Jaswant Singh, who clocked 2 hours, 13 minutes in 2003. Former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who was also India’s President, had an average of 202 paragraphs for his budget speeches. Also Read - COVID-19 Impact: No Winter Session of Parliament This Year, Budget Session Likely in January
Chidambaram is the third on the list with an average of 173 paragraphs. Other finance ministers among the top 10 presenting with longer paragraphs include Yashwant Sinha (170), Manmohan Singh (133), R.Venkataraman (132), Haribhai M. Patel (117), Yashwantrao B. Chavan (88), T.T.Krishnamachari (78) and Morarji R. Desai (77).
Interestingly, Mukherjee had presented the 1982 budget presentation only for 95 minutes. This prompted former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to say ‘the shortest finance minister has delivered the longest budget speech’.