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110% Visionless, Budget Theme Sell India: TMC

Mumbai: TMC on Monday reprimanded the Center over the Union budget, saying it was 100% “blind” and its subject was “sell to India”.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman read the Union Budget speech in Lok Sabha.

“India’s first paperless budget is also 100% blind budget. The subject of the fake budget is to sell India!” TMC spokesman Derek O’Brien said. “Railways: Sold, Airports: Sold, Ports: Sold, Insurance: Sold PSUs: 23 Sold!

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O’Brien claimed that the common people and farmers were ignored, adding that the budget would make the rich and poor poorer, while the middle class got “nothing”.

The Rajya Sabha MP also provided figures to show how West Bengal developed rural roads.

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“Rural roads: 39,705 km of rural roads as of 2011. 88,841 km of rural roads were developed between 2011-20,” he said, adding that the state was number 1 among rural roads.

“What Bengal did yesterday, today the Center only talks: Budget 2021 promises 625 km of roads in Bengal. Government of Bengal (2018-19) 5111 km of new roads, top performance in the country. Built-in additional 2018-20 1165 kilometres.”

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Speaking on similar lines, party leader and MP Sukhendu Shekhar Roy called it a “useless budget”, which would exacerbate the economic crisis rather than resolve issues.

“This budget is a complete fraud. It will not solve the problem of unemployment because it has not found any roadmap to increase jobs,” Roy said.

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Regarding the proposal to raise the FDI limit to 74 per cent in the insurance sector, he said that it will help the capitalists.

“It will help them, not the middle class or lower-income group people. They are implementing the cess, but the revenue generated from it is not shared with the states,” Roy said.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the budget of 2021-22 in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

(With PTI Inputs)

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