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Budget 2017: Congress disappointed but supports clean political funding

01 Feb 2017 | By Jayasri Viswanathan

A range of reactions by various political parties, including the Opposition, poured in following Budget 2017-18 today.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's use of Urdu poetry during the presentation saying it was a budget of 'Sher-o-shayari'.

He said the budget lacked vision and did not benefit farmers and youth.

In context: Budget draws varied political reactions

01 Feb 2017PM congratulates Jaitley for "futuristic" budget, mixed reaction from politicians

Prime Minister Modi congratulated Finance Minister Jaitley and his team for presenting a "futuristic budget" that would fulfill aspirations of every section of the society.

According to Modi, this budget would ramp-up the overall development of the country, create new employment opportunities, and increase farmers' income.

He also said this budget when implemented, would improve the financial condition of Indian villages.

This budget fulfills everyone's dreams - Modi

"This is a Budget for the future - for farmers, underprivileged, urban rejuvenation and rural development. From railway modernization to economic reforms, from education to health, from entrepreneurship to industry, the aim of fulfilling dreams of all is clearly visible in the Budget," Modi said.
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01 Feb 2017Budget 2017: Congress disappointed but supports clean political funding

"The Budget was a damp squib"

"We were expecting fireworks, instead it was a damp squib. It is just 'sher-o shayari' in the budget. There is nothing for farmers and youth and nothing for job creation. There is no clear vision," said the Congress vice-president.
Budget targets political funding, only Rs 2000 per source

01 Feb 2017Budget targets political funding, only Rs 2000 per source

Ahead of the crucial UP elections, FM Jaitley restricted cash donations to political parties to Rs 2000.

The move, backed by the Election Commission, will promote transparency and accountability in political funding.

However, political parties may be allowed to issue 'electoral bonds' if an RBI Act is amended, Jaitley added.

"Historic reform for political funding"

"Political funding reforms historic. I've been advocating for years," tweeted Biju Janata Dal parliamentarian Baijayant Jay Panda. He was referring to the measures for clean political funding announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the Budget presentation today.
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02 Feb 2017Kerala Finance Minister, RSS affiliates dissatisfied with Budget

Finance Minister of Kerala, Thomas Issac on Wednesday said that the Union Budget was a "big letdown" and that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley "played a game with statistics to draw a wrong picture."

According to outfits associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Union Budget failed to compensate those who lost their jobs in the wake of demonetization.

03 Feb 2017TN Congress lambasts Budget

The Tamil Nadu Congress has criticized the General Budget for not including Tamil Nadu in the list of states for an AIIMS hospital. Jharkhand and Gujarat have been selected instead.

Senior Tamil Nadu Congress leader Su. Thirunavukkarasar called the budget "anti-farmer, anti-poor, anti-dalit and anti- youngsters."

He said the budget left the people of Tamil Nadu feeling "cheated, disappointed."