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Who Said What On Budget 2021

With an aim to boost economy amid coronavirus pandemic, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday presented the Union Budget for the 2021-22 year. “This budget provided every opportunity for the economy to capture the pace it needs for sustainable growth,” said Sitharaman as she tabled the third budget of her career. The finance minister also said the budget stands on six pillars—health and wellness, physical and financial capital and infrastructure, inclusive development for aspiring India, To infuse new life into human capital, innovation and R&D, and minimum government and maximum governance.PM Modi: “Today’s Budget is a vision of “Atmanirbhar Bharat and provides new opportunities. The Budget 2021 will spur growth and will give  a boost to India’s self-reliance. This has focused on strengthening ease of living,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.  Rahul Gandhi on Union Budget: “Forget putting cash in the hands of people, Modi Government plans to handover India’s assets to his crony capitalist friends,” he tweeted. TMC’s Derek O’ Brien slams budget as “visionless” : Taking to Twitter to slam the Union Budget, Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’ Brien said “India’s first paperless budget is also a 100% visionless budget. Theme of the fake budget is Sell India!”. AAP joins the critics: “Will sell rail. Road will sell. Will sell airport. Will sell electricity. Will sell crops. Warehouse will sell. But friends, i take oath on the soil of this country, I will not let the country sell!” tweets Aam Aadmi Party. “A loud horn”: Congress’ senior leader Shashi Tharoor criticized the budget sayinfg, “This BJP government reminds me of the garage mechanic who told his client, “I couldn’t fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder.” Nothing much for women’: Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi said that there not much for women except “lip service towards existing schemes.”. ‘No central focus in Budget’: Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also alleged that the budget was a “national monetisation plan — short hand for National Sell out” and there was “no central focus in Budget”. “FM’s Talkthorn (sic) oblivious that growth rate of GDP is in a record 37th month decline. Worst Crisis since 1991,” he tweeted. Sitaram Yechury, general secretary CPI(M): Reacting to the Union Budget 2021, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said “this is Budget of the industrialists”. “This Budget is not for the common people but for big industrialists. This Budget will help those who seek to make profit.”. “In the name of self-reliant India, the government is selling nation’s wealth in the form of privatisationfrom defence, to oil and gas pipelines to airports and railways, everything is being sold to private players.”. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Charman Niti Aayog: Speaking to ANI, Rajiv Kumar said, “In my opinion, Finance Minister had raised a lot of expectations regarding Budget 2021 and she has fulfilled all of them. Given the current times, the Budget is focussed on India’s growth and is tailored to accelerate the growth rate.”

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