The NDA government's Saturday budget has received a mixed response from the affiliates of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which continued to maintain a silence on the first full budget by the BJP-led regime. Some of its budgetary proposals have received praises, others brickbats; but the lack of any big message for the middle class also has the parivar worried.
A day after the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh - an RSS affiliated trade union body - announced to stage a country wide protest on Monday to oppose what it called an anti labour budget, another offshoot of the Sangh parivar praised the budget as "pragmatic".
The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh - a body of farmers - also listed out certain highlights of the budget, like an investement of 70 thousand crore for infrastructre creation and another 20 thousand crore for rural infrastructre, but also flagged certain concerns that it raises.
BKS general secretry Prabhakar Kelkar said the increase in sevrice tax, another jump in surcharge on petrol and diesel, and no relief in income tax would have a bearing on the common man - economically and emotionally.
"The government's decision to lower the corporate tax from 30 to 25 per cent would be seen as it having a soft corner for the corporate sector," Kelkar said, as he regretted the lack of investment in the agriculture sector.
A senior RSS leader expressed concern about 'lack of incentive' for the middle class and the lower middle class, which form the core of the BP's support base.
A perception, he said, is building that corporate were reaping the benefits while the middle class is being ignored. "They would need to address it on an immediate basis," the Sangh funcationary said.
RSS' publicity chief Manmohan Vaidya had on Saturday refused to comment on the budget. The RSS and government leaders had several rounds of discussion before the budget and, source claimed, some of them seems to have been acomodated. But the absence of a big message for the middle class has it worried.
BMS general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay had on Saturday announced that the outfit would stage a country wide agitation on Monday since the budget announced by the government was anti labour.