Opposition joins hands to slam government on budget

New Delhi, Feb 26 (Calcutta Tube) The entire opposition, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Left parties, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Samajwadi Party (SP), joined hands Friday to condemn the union budget as ‘anti-people’.

Party leaders addressed the reporters jointly to slam the government over the hike in central duty on petrol and diesel.

‘This is a anti-farmer, anti-poor, anti-people budget,’ Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader and leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, told reporters shortly after walking out of the Lok Sabha in what was a departure from the norm.

Also present were SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

BJP’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde said the walkout from Lok Sabha was ‘spontaneous’ and ‘reflected the feelings of common man on price rise’.

‘We had hoped that the budget will lessen impact of price rise on people. But it is anti-farmer. The hike in prices of petrol and diesel will further lead to increase in prices,’ he said.

Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja said the walkout from Lok Sabha was spontaneous and reflected the gravity of the problems faced by the people due to price rise. ‘The government did not give a convincing reply,’ he said.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the budget would consolidate the post-downturn recovery process, strengthen infrastructure and improve collection of revenues.

He said the opposition was just interested in ‘scoring political brownie points’.

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