Rahul Gandhi adds zero to Narendra Modi’s name to attack budget 2022, Nirmala Sitharaman responds


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said slammed the Narendra Modi government for what he said was delivering a ‘zero-sum budget’. Gandhi said that the budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had nothing for the middle class, farmers and the poor.

“There is despair all around our country, our youth have no future and once again the Modi govt’s budget completely ignores this painful reality. #Budget2022,” Gandhi wrote on Instagram.

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Taking to Twitter, the Congress leader wrote, “M0di G0vernment’s Zer0 Sum Budget! Nothing for – Salaried class, Middle class, the poor and deprived, Youth, Farmers and MSMEs (sic).”

The Congress also accused Sitharaman of insulting the people of Uttar Pradesh with her remarks and demanding that she apologise to them.

Reacting to Gandhi’s ‘zero budget’ remarks, Sitharaman told reporters that she expected better from the Congress leader. “I wish as a leader of the oldest political party in the country, Rahul Gandhi, please understand what is being said in the Budget.”

Praising his government’s budget, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter, “Today’s #AatmanirbharBharatKaBudget brings with it new energy and strength to our development trajectory, especially at a time when we are courageously fighting a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic. This Budget brings more infra, more investment, more growth and more jobs.”

He added, “People from all walks of life have welcomed the #AatmanirbharBharatKaBudget. The youth of India see this Budget as one that will give wings to their ambitions. The emphasis on futuristic technologies in all spheres is noteworthy and will benefit a cross section of our citizens.”

According to the budget, imported items such as umbrella, imitation jewellery, single or multiple loudspeakers, headphones and earphones, smart meters, solar cells, solar modules, x-ray machines and parts of electronic toys will become costlier.

Items such as frozen mussels, frozen squids, asafoetida, cocoa beans, methyl alcohol, acetic acid, cut and polished diamonds and camera lens for cellular mobile phone are expected to become cheaper.