Congress leader Shashi Tharoor speaking to ANI in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo/ANI
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor speaking to ANI in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo/ANI

Tharoor terms Union Budget as 'sit-down India Budget'

ANI | Updated: Feb 02, 2020 05:29 IST


New Delhi [India], Feb 2 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday said that the Union Budget 2020-21, presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament, is a "sit-down India Budget".
"I thought the speech was far too long. It was as long as a complete T20 match, but much less exciting than that... In fact the first hour and a half I would say we saw nothing. We saw the same old empty slogans being recited," Tharoor told ANI here.
"In the last hour, we got a couple of interesting things. I was impressed with the inclusion of museums and culture for the first time. I was impressed with the decision that they would actually give a tax break to the middle-class people who are earning Rs 12.5 lakhs and less," he said.
Tharoor said that rural demand is a "major priority for our country".
"There is something really weak about the attention being paid to the agriculture sector and welfare... I am not excited about this budget at all. I think in many ways that after the slogan of Stand-up India, it is now a sit-down India Budget," he further said. (ANI)

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