Union Budget to benefit rich, corporates: Cong

Bhubaneswar: Congress state leaders on Monday reacted to the Union Budget presented by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha by saying the budget will benefit the rich people and corporate houses.

Narasingha Mishra, Leader of Opposition, said, “As understood from the budget speech of Jaitley, the Union Budget for 2016-17 is like a proverbial ‘empty vessel sounds much’. Though they have proposed to hike surcharge on rich people, actually this budget will benefit private investors, corporate houses and capitalist.”

Expressing similar views, Prasad Harichandan, OPCC president: The budget is completely disappointment. In the budget, keeping the farmers, rural people and poor sections as the shield, a system has been put in place to benefit companies.”

Meanwhile, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union minister, said “This budget will give a boost to rural economy and agriculture sector. Therefore, Odisha will be benefitted the most.”

Echoing the same, Basant Panda, BJP State chief, said, “The Budget is aimed at inclusive development and focuses on youth, women, labour, and middle classes of the country. It has addressed well to development in education, job social security, health and infrastructure sectors.”