Not vote on account but account for votes: Cong

Not vote on account but account for votes: Cong
P. Chidambaram (File)
NEW DELHI, FEB 1 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/1/2019 11:48:53 AM IST

Former Finance Minister and Congress veteran P. Chidambaram on Friday described the Interim Budget as an “Account for Votes” and not a Vote on Account and said the Modi government has further weakened fiscal stability. “It was not a Vote on Account but an Account for Votes,” Mr Chidambaram told the media here.

“It was a full-fledged Budget accompanied by an election campaign speech. By doing so, the government has trampled on time-honoured conventions,” he said. He added that the government had no hope of returning to power and had, therefore, “acted desperately and recklessly, and in violation of the Constitution”.

He said the big takeaway was that the present government had “further weakened fiscal stability”.

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge termed the Budget as BJP’s “election manifesto” and accused the ruling dispensation of bribing voters ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. “I would term today’s budget as BJP’s election manifesto. This is all being done for elections. I directly charge them of paying bribe to voters,” said Kharge.

General elections are slated to be held in April-May. Kharge said the BJP has not told the people on what they have achieved during their rule and how many promises it has fulfilled in its five years of government. It also did not talk about its “jumla” of providing Rs 15 lakh into the bank accounts of people, he said, adding that it also did not fulfil the promise of providing 10 crore jobs in five years. 

Senior CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury slammed the PM Narendra Modi-led government, calling the interim budget an election ‘statement’. “There was no economic survey before this budget. Their basis of the budget is questionable. This is purely an electoral Jumla,” Yechury told NDTV.


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