Budget against interests of common man: Raman Singh

Raipur, Feb 26 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Friday said the budget for 2010-11 presented Friday would only benefit corporate houses, not the common man.

‘It seems that the general budget was drafted to protect the interests of corporate houses, not the common man in the country,’ Singh, who belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), told media persons here who sought his comments on the budget.

Singh, who is ruling the mineral rich state since Dec 2003, claimed that ‘for past a few years, the Congress-led central government has been presenting the budget only to benefit the multi-national companies (MNCs) and big corporate houses’.

‘Decision to hike fuel prices can’t be justified, the common man is already facing tough time with rising prices of essential food items, and the fuel price hike will put further burden on them.’

The Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Chhattisgarh council has termed the budget as ‘balanced’.

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