Budget 2020

Modi handing out Bombay mithai to farmers: Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao calls incentive of ₹6,000 a year to farmers ‘Gujarati halwa’

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Friday dubbed the interim Union Budget as “election oriented” and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had handed out “Bombay mitai” (a candy) to farmers.

Continuing the metaphor of sweets, State Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao said doling out incentive of ₹6,000 a year to small farmers was nothing more than “Gujarati halwa”.

Recalling that when he announced the loan-waiver scheme, Mr. Modi had mocked it as “lollipop”, Mr. Kumaraswamy said, “The Prime Minister said our loan waiver was a lollipop. What should we call this scheme then? Bombay mithai, I guess.”

Reacting the budget proposals, he alleged that “friends of the BJP” had prepared this budget and doled out ₹6,000 a year to small and marginal farmers.

Noting the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in the Union Budget, the Chief Minister said, “My calculation says that this will cover about 59 lakh farmers in the State who will totally get ₹3,528 crore. But our crop loan-waiver scheme itself reaches 44 lakh farmers at a cost of over ₹48,000 crore.” Mr. Kumaraswamy said, “We hoped, at least, that the budget will have something to make people happy, with elections coming up. But even so everybody is disappointed.”

‘Poll manifesto’

Congress leader Siddaramaiah dubbed the budget as “BJP’s poll manifesto”. There was no need for giving any credence to the budget which was prepared keeping eye on the elections, he added.

Hitting out at the poor performance of the BJP-led NDA government during the last four-and-a-half years, the former Chief Minister said the Modi government had miserably failed in delivering welfare programmes to the poor.

“There are no strong policies to address the issues of these two distressed classes: the PM has betrayed farmers and the youth,” said Mr. Siddaramaiah.

He termed the budget as “anti-farmer and anti-youth”.

There were no schemes on generating jobs for youth and the increase in the income tax slabs up to ₹5 lakh would only benefit some sections of employees, the former Chief Minister said.

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