Rahul on front bench, Cong on front foot

The Congress alleged the Budget was a 'repackage' of UPA schemes and the allocations were meager.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 11, 2014 1:30 am

Shedding his reluctance, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Thursday sat on the front row of the opposition benches in Lok Sabha to listen to the NDA government’s maiden Budget and then tore into the government, accusing it of “usurping” UPA’s ideas and saying that the budget’s overall content would “slow down” the economic pulse.

His party, too, called the budget “uninspiring and insipid” and said it failed to live up to expectations. Rahul said there is “no clear road map in the Budget. It is a laundry list of Rs 100 crore proposals”. He was alluding to the token Rs 100 crore allocations in the Budget for several new initiatives. “This Budget doesn’t quicken the economic pulse; in fact it slows it down,” he added.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi alleged the BJP government had “copied UPA policies”. “Just like the Railway Budget, there are no specifics in this Budget… there are no road maps,” former PM Manmohan Singh said.

The Congress alleged the Budget was a “repackage” of UPA schemes and the allocations were meager. “Welcome to the real world. The BJP sought a mandate for Congress Mukt Bharat. My friend, Arun Jaitley, would have now realised that it is not possible to have even a Congress Mukt Budget,” former finance minister P Chidambaram said.

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Lot was being thought would come out of this Budget. But unfortunately nothing new has come. This Budget is a total repackaging of the old schemes which were conceived during the UPA… There is no direction to contain price rise. Large number of new schemes have been announced, but with meager allocation of money.”

Former commerce minister Anand Sharma called the Budget “uninspiring and insipid”. He said that while Narendra Modi had promised the creation of 100 smart cities, Jaitley made a meager allocation of Rs 7,060 crore, which would be inadequate to create even a single city.

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    Asim Boral
    Jul 11, 2014 at 10:59 am
    #AccheDinKiBudget -- Blockbuster to floopbuster budget 2014 .. Khus raho dil me bhukhe pet me --cake khao jab pet bharne ka sadhan nehi hota - Iye Asim kahe ra ha hai --khush raho khush raho. No sign of new revolutions of new Govt in the budget ---While reading Union budget 2014 Arun Jaitly got sick and tired . I too was sleeping to hear long list of 100 Crore --200 crores proposals -But not a single proposal for 80% Rural Indian who lives daily on Rs 32 with empty stomach. Rest are copy paste of Chidambaram budget 2013-14 and appeat to Ambani and Adani the main Businessmen responsible for bringing Modi as PM
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    Asim Boral
    Jul 11, 2014 at 10:58 am
    #AccheDinKiBudget== Budget 2014 though late by 4 months indicates Budget for few rich AMBANIS AND ADANIS people only but misery of 80% poor and BPL cl will continue as no road maps for price rise and spiraling inflation . New Modi Govt loves only to give hope but preach lies tantrums and gimmicks and few Arm chair analyst and spineless Media does the clapping of misery of poor in page 3 club and sing song on New Govt . Admitting fault of not expected budget Arun Jaitly FM gave again hope for next budget in feb 2015 . PEOPLE ARE ONLY TO BLAME TO GET FOOLED ALWAYS by BJP since RAM MANDIR RATH YATRA IN 1989 and hoax Gujarat Model practiced by present PM during last 12 years in Gujarat as CM
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    D S
    Jul 11, 2014 at 5:53 am
    He sat next to Mummy this time so that Mummy can wake him up whenever he sleeps
  4. G
    Jul 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm
    anand sharma head seems to have slipped from top to knee,thats why he is talking like a duffer,
  5. G
    Jul 11, 2014 at 1:15 pm
    if you have that talent why don't u join politics and become FM?
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    Vijay Jbhatt
    Jul 11, 2014 at 11:45 am
    No way
  7. B
    Jul 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm
    This time Mummy took care that Kid do not go to sleep.Good work by mammy.
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    SK Yasheen
    Jul 11, 2014 at 7:33 am
    All comments of congress leaders on union budget is "Khisiyai billi khamba Noche". By ping such cheap comments they are confirming that their policies were really bad if these were conceived during UPA regime which is being copied by NDA?
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