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Disappointed with the Union Budget, says this Modi government minister

  February 01, 2018

A minister in the Modi government says he and his party are disappointed with the Union Budget.

Surprised? Don't be. The man in question, YS Chowdhary, isn't a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP, but of its NDA partner, Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party. Naidu, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, recently threatened to quit the BJP-led alliance.

"We are disappointed with the Union Budget presented today" said Chowdhary, the Union Minister of State for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences.

The minister explained that many Andhra-specific issues like the Railway Zone, funding for the Polavaram project and the new capital, Amaravati, hadn't been addressed. Chandrabadu Naidu will hold a meeting in Amaravati on Sunday to discuss these issues.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and members of his Cabinet lavished praise on the new budget, which Finance minister Arun Jaitley presented in Parliament today. That was expected, as was the Opposition's lack of enthusiasm for Jaitley's announcements - which included an increase in MSP for all unannounced kharif crops and a flagship health protection scheme.

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, a former finance minister himself, began his written riposte to Jaitley's speech by pointing out that this year's Budget was the last full one of the Modi government's term.

"Thank God for that," he added.

The Union Budget is presented in the Lok Sabha before the new financial year, which begins on April 1 in India, and needs to be approved by Parliament.

Inputs from Mausami Singh

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