‘Looks like election manifesto’: Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray on Budget 2022

Aaditya Thackeray, a Maharashtra minister, criticized the Union Budget on Tuesday, describing it as a “election manifesto” ahead of the state’s approaching assembly elections.
When speaking to the media, the minister inquired as to what benefits the states will receive as a result of the GST hike.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena termed the Union Budget “extremely gloomy” on Tuesday, claiming that it does not provide any relief to the middle class and does not mention Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s objective of making India a “USD 5 trillion” economy.
The NCP, which shares power with the Shiv Sena and NCP in Maharashtra, said the budget was a huge “disappointment” for the common citizens, who are reeling under high inflation and expected some tax relief.
Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut said the Union Budget 2022-23 only has jugglery of words like the PM-Gati Shakti, Atmanirbhar Bharat, while old schemes are presented as new.
“The budget is very depressing. During the coronavirus pandemic, people of the country paid Rs 1.40 lakh crore as GST but, unfortunately, the schemes that were to be implemented with regard to taxes do not find a place in the budget,” Raut told reporters.
He claimed the budget has misled people.
“The budget has given no relief to the middle class with regard to the Income Tax. There is no reference to the prime minister’s vision of making India a USD 5 trillion economy,” Raut said.
After the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections, the Shiv Sena snapped ties with long-term ally BJP.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led party has since then severely criticised policies of the BJP-led Centre Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday presented the budget in Parliament.
Later, NCP MP Supriya Sule tweeted: “A ‘futuristic ICT budget’, in which we hope the deliverables are a reality, not just VR?! Good luck.
” Maharashtra minister and NCP’s chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said the Union budget has come as a huge disappointment for the common citizens, who are facing high inflation and expected some tax relief.
“This budget has nothing to offer to the youth, farmers or the middle class. This is a big disappointment,” Malik told reporters.
He also expressed concern over the Union government’s increased focus on Information and Technology.
“I wonder whether it was a technology-oriented budget or that of the country which should have covered other areas as well.
“Before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised generation of two crore jobs every year.
However, today’s budget talks about generating 60 lakh jobs.
Was the earlier announcement a mere jumla (rhetoric)?” the minister asked.
The Union government had promised to double the income of farmers by 2022.
Now, it says it would take steps to increase the income of farmers, he pointed out.
He said the Modi government has also proposed issuing an initial public offering (IPC) of the LIC, which has been one of the most trusted state-run organisations in the country.
“It seems this Union government wants to raise funds by selling state assets,” Malik claimed.
Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil in a tweet said it was an ”election manifesto” and not the country’s budget.

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