New Delhi: As Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Budget 2023 with promising announcements on tax reliefs, claiming that the country is on the track to achieve the ‘$5 trillion economy’ milestone, opposition parties lashed out at the government terming budget to be a ‘drop-in ocean’ for the middle class.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor while speaking about the Budget, pointed out that “There are some good things in the Union Budget but there was no mention of MNREGA, poor rural labor, employment, and inflation.”
He further added that “Some fundamental questions remained to be answered.” While party colleague Karti Chidambaram stated that “I am a believer in a low tax regime. So, any tax cuts are welcome because giving more money into the hands of the people is the best way to boost the economy.”
Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati took a jibe at the party and said “All the promises, announcements, claims and expectations showered by the Centre in its budget during the last nine years became meaningless [bemani] when the middle-class section of India became lower middle class due to inflation, poverty, and unemployment,”.
Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal launched an attack on the Union Budget and added that “The government is not addressing the serious concerns of the country’s economic condition and the common man’s plight.”
(With Agency Inputs)
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