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Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leader tear into Sitharaman's Budget speech

Budget 2020: 'Flowery language and high-sounding words and platitudes are meaningless,' Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma said

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Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leader tear into Sitharaman's Budget speech
Budget 2020: Rahul Gandhi said FM Sitharaman's peech was 'hollow'

Calling Nirmala Sitharaman's budget speech "hollow", Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the government's annual financial statement was full of talk but nothing substantial.

"Maybe this was the longest Budget speech in history but it had nothing, it was hollow," Gandhi said. He also stated, "The main issue facing is unemployment. I didn't see any strategic idea that would help our youth get jobs. I saw tactical stuff but no central idea. It describes govt well, lot of repetition, rambling-it is mindset of govt, all talk, but nothing happening".

Also read: Budget 2020 Speech: Successful disinvestments to happen in next few months, says FM Sitharaman

Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma also targeted Sitharaman saying the FM has failed to explain budgetary maths. "Flowery language and high-sounding words and platitudes are meaningless," Sharma stated.

FULL COVERAGE:Union Budget 2020

Sharma also said, "Goal of 5 trillion dollar economy by 2024 with a GDP growth of 4.8% is a pipe dream. To achieve that requires uninterrupted double-digit GDP growth".


President of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee, Milind Deora tweeted, "During the last 5 years, power generation has seen zero private capital expenditure. The government's decision to offset this shortfall by spending more on infrastructure is a welcome step. However, #Budget2020 failed to address state DISCOMs' Rs 4 lakh crore debt burden" .

He also added, "Nominal GDP growth pegged at 10%  I'm less worried about the government's 'Fiscal' Deficit than I am about it's 'Talent' Deficit".

National Campaign In-charge, Indian Youth Congress, Srivatsa, taking a dig at Nirmala's budget 2020, stated, "5 New Smart Cities announced in Budget 2020. The 100 New Smart Cities announced in 2015 have already been upgraded to the world class standards of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro".

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said that Budget 2020 not only confirmed bankruptcy of the economy but also bankruptcy of government's idea. "Piecemeal measures, repackaged schemes, jugglery of tax slabs & no real solutions to solve the present economic crisis," Patel said referring to the Union Budget.

"After squeezing out LIC of profitability the govt now wants to sell it, to rescue itself," he claimed.

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