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Opposition confronts government on unkept promises

Anand Sharma

Anand Sharma   | Photo Credit: Kamal Narang

Budget exercise aimed at confusing people: Anand Sharma

A day after populist announcements in the interim Budget, which the BJP and its allies called a “surgical strike” on the Opposition ahead of the 2019 elections, the latter is now asking for an account of the government’s previous promises.

“The interim Budget of 2019 is an attempt to confuse people with new promises, without giving an account of what was promised earlier,” said Anand Sharma, the Congress’s Deputy Leader in the Rajya Sabha.

The Congress’s communication chief, Randeep Surjewala, reminded the BJP on Twitter of its 2014 pre-election promise of creating two crore jobs every year.

“Modiji, Your Govt has mastered the art of ‘Jumlebazi’! Neither did your promise of 2Cr Jobs/yr work, nor is the youth of our country getting work! No matter how much you hide the 45-year high unemployment data, the stark reality is visible to all!” said Mr. Surjewala.

M.B. Rajesh, CPI(M) MP from Kerala, echoed the sentiment in his tweet: “The goal post of achche din is shifted to 2022 in budget’19. PM must talk about promises of 2014 before making fresh ones. Where r the promised 2cr jobs? Stop deceiving ppl by making false promises &fudged data,” he said.

The aggressive stance by Opposition leaders seems to be a strategy to counter to BJP and its allies claims that the Budget has taken the steam out of the Opposition.

Asked if the schemes like the assured income support to farmers or tax sops have put pressure on the Congress party, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday, dismissed the budget as ‘tall claims’ that shouldn’t be comopared with Congress’ minimum income guarantee.

“Farmers I told you, they are giving Rs. 6,000 per farmer, which is according to my calculation, about Rs. 17 a day for a farmer family. If you call that great relief to the farmers, I am surprised,”he said.

With an eye on the middle class votes, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram held out a promise on streamlining income taxes. “Our outlook is a far more reformist,” he said.

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