Political rivals, the BJP and the Congress, lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday over its first budget.
While the BJP dismissed it as a “continuation of the poll speeches”, the Congress said it was “unrealistic and bogus”.
Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said the Delhi Budget was just a gimmick.
“They talked a lot on budget expenses through mohalla sabha dialogue and when the chance to implement it came only 0.65% budget expenditure, that is just `253 crore, has been given for the Swaraj Nidhi,” Upadhyay said.
“This budget is nothing but a political statement and like the recent advertisement campaign a over run effort to control the damage caused to Kejriwal government’s image due to corruption and anarchism of the ruling party’s MLAs & other leaders,” the Delhi BJP chief said.
Leader of the opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said the increase in the allocation for education will not bring any considerable change. “It would go into meeting shortage of teachers and in the renovation of old buildings,” Gupta said.
Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said, “The total budgetary allocation for housing projects in Delhi has been reduced to `40 crore from `54.30 crore allocated by the Congress government in 2013-14. Similarly, the allocation for urban development has been reduced by `150 crore. The AAP government has allocated `362.7 crore for urban development in the city, whereas an amount of `505.6 crores allocated by the Congress government,” Maken said.
Maken also said that the government has ignored the environment sector.
“No scheme/special budgetary allocation for the ailing national Capital has been made in this budget to fight air pollution,” he said.