Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Tuesday in an editorial in its mouthpiece “Saamana” described the Union Budget 2021 as a ‘hypothetical budget’ and alleged that it was like a budget for election-linked states, including West Bengal, where assembly elections are due this year.
The Shiv Sena said the government is adept at showing and selling dreams and this time again Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has made a public tour of dreams with a “digital horse”.
It added that the Budget 2021 was more focused on the electoral states – Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, which has been largely promoted by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
The Shiv Sena gave the slogan to Sitharaman for announcing road infrastructure projects only for the states going to the polls and said that the budget is being used as a weapon to woo voters.
“How appropriate is the use of ‘budget’ as a weapon to win elections?
The central government, which distributed a number of projects to these polluted states, neglected Maharashtra, which contributed the most to the country’s cash chests, “Shiv Sena attacked the central government for ignoring Maharashtra in this budget and also showing vindictive attitude towards the state.
Sitharaman is the Finance Minister of the entire country, not some states, it said that the budget is an injustice to non-electoral states. Except for the provision made for Nagpur and Nashik metro projects, nothing was received in the budget from parts of Mumbai and Maharashtra. Why this discrimination? The country’s finance department should consider the entire country, it said.
The Shiv Sena said while alleging that there was nothing in the budget for the industries facing the epidemic, ‘COVID-19 has caused loss to thousands of industries, lost many jobs, increased unemployment but during the budget, The Finance Minister did not say anything in this matter.”
The editorial in the Sena mouthpiece Saamana said how the industries would recover, how people would get their jobs back, the finance minister said nothing about it, the public had nothing to do with the huge financial terms.
The common man is concerned about what is in his pocket and with the recent budget, nothing has come in the pocket of the public, it is a reality, it claimed. It said that old-fashioned bubbles such as self-sufficient India, startups, and new tricks like infrastructure, agricultural development, the general public get nothing in this budget.
The Shiv Sena lashed out at the central government for showing dreams to the public and said that the ‘paper horses’ of the budget would only become ‘digital horses’, saying that it is a case where there is not a single drop of water in the well and yet one had promised to give plenty of water to the people.”