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Budget 2021: Shashi Tharoor likens BJP govt to the mechanic who couldn’t fix the brakes, so made the horn louder; Know what other politicians said

Monday, 1 February 2021 (22:14 IST)

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday presented the Union Budget 2021-22. Sitharaman announced a slew of measures to facilitate the recovery of the economy battered by the Coronavirus pandemic, keeping the focus on six pillars from healthcare to infrastructure.

Here is who said what about FM’s announcements:

Budget enhances India’s self-confidence, has vision of a self-reliant India: PM Modi
Hailing the Union Budget 2021-22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that it will enhance India’s self-confidence amid Covid 19 pandemic while asserting that the budget envisions self-reliance.

Government giving India’s assets to his crony capitalist friends: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Forget putting cash in the hands of people, Modi Govt plans to handover India’s assets to his crony capitalist friends.”

BJP govt reminds of the mechanic who couldn’t fix the brakes, so made the horn louder: Shashi Tharoor

Senior Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor took a hilarious dig at the BJP government. Reacting to Budget 2021, Tharoor said, “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.”

Budget will benefit big companies: Arvind Kejriwal

Reacting to the Union Budget 2021, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that it will prove beneficial for a few big corporates only while increasing the woes of the common people.

Mamata Banerjee calls Budget 2021 ‘anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-country’
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the Union Budget 2021, calling it ‘anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-country’ budget. Speaking in North Bengal, she said, “What kind of budget is this?... Fake budget. Anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-country budget.”

Samajwadi Party criticizes Budget

Samajwadi Party criticised the budget terming it “directionless” and saying it has disappointed the poor, women, farmers and the youth and that no relief has been announced for the middle class.

SP president Akhilesh Yadav also criticised the privatisation of the PSUs and monetisation of the PSU assets saying, the government is making efforts to mobilise resources by selling family silver.  He also questioned the government’s claim of making India a 5 trillion USD economy.

Nitish Kumar describes Union budget a balanced one

Welcoming the Union budget for the financial year 2021-22, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that even after covid pandemic and facing constraints in revenue collection, the centre has presented a balanced budget.

JP Nadda showers praises on PM Modi and FM Sitharaman

BJP National President Jagat Prakash Nadda showered praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for presenting an all-inclusive Union Budget 2021. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Mr Nadda said, “I congratulate Prime Minister Narendra, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her team for presenting an all-inclusive Budget that covered all sectors and was dedicated to the all-round development and welfare of the common man.”

Budget 2021 is for Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hailed the Union Budget as one for ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, and asserted that this will strengthen the economy.

A progressive budget towards self-reliance: Prem Kumar Dhumal

Himachal Pradesh’s former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal congratulated Union finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for presenting a progressive budget that would make India self-reliant in all fields.

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