AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa welcomed the rural leaning of the Budget, but said it lacked flavour, and had failed to meet the “higher expectations” of the people of Tamil Nadu.
“This Budget lacks flavour as it does not have any specific announcements of schemes which would have enthused different segments including the states. It also does not speak of the status of implementation of many schemes announced last year and the year before,” she said.
“The people of Tamil Nadu had still higher expectations, which have not been met,” she said. She also said that the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana was a welcome initiative, but the allocation of Rs 5,500 crore appeared “grossly inadequate”.
The YSR Congress said the Budget had nothing for Andhra Pradesh. “The Union Budget is highly disappointing for the state (AP) as it has no mention of special category status which was the assurance given in the State Reorganisation Act, and the state too has failed to persuade its coalition partner (BJP) on the issue,” YSR Congress MLA Rajendranath Reddy said.