A face-saving budget after by-poll defeat, says Sachin Pilot

Criticizing the state budget, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot on Monday called it a “face saving” budget that has brought no relief to people

jaipur Updated: Feb 12, 2018 22:29 IST
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot addresses the media in Jaipur on Monday.(HT Photo.)

Criticizing the state budget, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot on Monday called it a “face saving” budget that has brought no relief to people.

“Vasundhara Raje is a responsible chief minister but this budget failed to instill faith among the people of Rajasthan,” Pilot said.

Addressing newspersons, he said when the BJP formed the government, the total public debt was of ₹ 1,21,000 crore, which by 2018-19 increased to ₹ 2,40,000 crore, despite that she (Raje) claims that the state has come out of BIMARU category.

“In Raje’s budget speech, the impact of the by-poll defeats is evident. Under pressure announcements have been made but this will not control the damage,” he said.

The government announced waiving off farmers’ loan up to ₹50,000, but the reality is only 20% of farmers take loans from cooperative banks, he said.

“No other state has set any such limit, including BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh that waived off loans of ₹40,000 crore, and Maharashtra of ₹35,000 crore. More than 80% of farmers take loan from nationalized banks.”

“Under pressure from the Congress and looking at the recent by-poll defeats and as a face saving measure, the announcement has been made...”

Questioning when the announcements will be implemented, Pilot the CM’s waiving off land revenue tax for 2018-19, will not benefit the farmers.

“We will continue to pressurize the government for complete loan waiver at the block, district and division levels. The government has to bring an amendment, and if does not, than the next Congress government will do it.”

The government talks of grant to cow shelters after thousands of bovine died but have not revealed how crores of rupees collected as cow cess, has been used, he said.

“To misguide youth, the government once again announced jobs for them, despite thousands of previous recruitments are pending…,” he said.

Calling the state budget a “bundle of announcements”, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said peoples’ heart is not going to change, even if the CM brings the stars from sky.

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The BJP came to power with a huge mandate but the people expressed their resentment in the by-polls, looking at its four years of misgovernance, he said.

“Everyone understands the illusion of executing announcements in eight months. Instead of complete loan waiver, the government has waived off loans up to ₹ 50,000.”

The announcements in the budget are ones which is not possible to be executed in years but is an attempt to misguide people.”

Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi said farmers are committing suicide and not getting MSP for their crops. “The CM should have known, if the refinery project had been started on time than the rail link between Jaisalmer and Mundra port would have started by now.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 22:29 IST