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It isn’t Congress’ trademark: Sitharaman tackles oppn criticism over budget

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday tore into the Congress’ criticism of the Union Budget she presented earlier this month.

Shivani Arora

Shivani AroraBy Shivani Arora

Published on 12 Feb 2021 10:56 AM GMT

It isn’t Congress’ trademark: Sitharaman tackles oppn criticism over budget
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Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday tore into the Congress’ criticism of the Union Budget she presented earlier this month, saying it has become the opposition’s habit to constantly accuse the Centre in spite of the steps it is taking for the poor.

Nirmala Sitharaman

In her reply to the Budget discussion in the parliament, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday said that post-pandemic economies have suffered all over the world and the Union Budget 2021 was an attempt to provide a “strong stimulus” to deal with this situation. In doing so, she says, not only quick short term solutions were created, but “we also looked at medium, long term and sustainable growth that will help us remain one of the fastest-growing economies.”

Sitharaman highlighted the swift response in providing a relief package post covid. She also said that “ building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat actually represents the aspirations of 130 crore people of this country.”

Opposition circulating false narratives, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Highlighting the “obvious steps” taken for the poor, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that it has now become a sort of habit for some in the Opposition to constantly allege, in spite of what we are doing for the poor, that this government only works for the rich. ”Over 1.67 cr houses completed under PM Awas Yojana. Over 2.67 cr households have electrified under PM Saubhagya Yojana since October,” Sitharaman added highlighting the false narratives circulated by the opposition.

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Rahul Gandhi said Budget as crony centric

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had said Union Budget 2021-22 was "crony centric". Also, which "betrays" the employers of the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). "Modi's crony centric budget means - Struggling MSMEs given no low-interest loans, no GST relief. The employers of India's largest workforce betrayed," Gandhi has tweeted on February 4.

FM replies:

On her part, Sitharaman said on Friday that a false narrative is created to say that this government “works only for cronies." “’Damad', I didn't think is the trademark of Indian National Congress. Damad har ghar mein hota hai. Magar Damad Indian National Congress mein ek specialised naam hai,” Sitharaman said in the Rajya Sabha. “Loans sanctioned under Mudra Yojana - more than 27,000 crore. Who takes Mudra Yojana? Damads?” she also asked.

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