Congress slammed the Union Budget for “lacking a vision” for creating jobs and for not announcing a loan waiver for farmers. “We were expecting fireworks, instead it was a damp squib… it was a sher-o-shayari budget. “The main issue facing India today is creation of jobs. How are you going to solve that problem? On that front, there was no vision, no idea, and for farmers, there is absolutely nothing,” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said.
Rahul mocked the government by asking, “Modi had promised the bullet train. Where is the bullet train now? Railways’ fundamental problem is safety.”
Sharma said the government was forced to make allocations for the rural sector because of the reverse migration of labour to the countryside. He charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi with violating the sanctity of the Budget by announcing in advance its key provisions which the finance minister only “parroted” on Wednesday.