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BJP, Cong react on expected lines

QUITE ON the expected lines, both the major political parties, the Congress and the BJP, reacted differently to the Union Budget presented in Parliament today by Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram. While the ruling Congress party hailed the budget as pro-poor and progressive, the BJP termed it as disappointing and impractical.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 00:38 IST

QUITE ON the expected lines, both the major political parties, the Congress and the BJP, reacted differently to the Union Budget presented in Parliament today by Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram. While the ruling Congress party hailed the budget as pro-poor and progressive, the BJP termed it as disappointing and impractical.

Hailing the budget, Congress city president Ujagar Singh and general secretary Mahendra Reghuvanshi said this budget is in the direction of “samrudh Bharat Nirman” and a progressive one. By not levying any new taxes, the finance minister has given relief to everybody. Moreover, the finance minister has given boost to education, health, roads and mid-day meal and has also made provision for credit to farmers on reduced interest rates.

By giving duty reduction to several fields including life-saving and other medicines, the finance minister has given something to everybody.

By making provisions for a mega power project, Rs 5 crore to Kasturba Gram and a metro rail, the finance minister has given something for MP too, Ujagar Singh said.

Criticising the budget, BJP City president Ramesh Mendola and general secretaries Sudarshan Gupta and Harish Dagur said that the budget was made by keeping in mind the impending Assembly elections in five states. The budget remained a regional budget and killed the federal character of the country.

Urban development has been completely marginalised in the budget and there is no provision in the budget to solve the rising problem of pure drinking water, the BJP leaders said.

Terming the budget as anti-poor, the BJP leaders criticised the finance minister for increasing the service tax. The increase in service tax will have a cascading effect and will affect adversely all sections of society, the BJP leaders said.