Finance Minister addresses Lok Sabha, takes a jibe at Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Hum do humare do’ slogan
On Saturday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed Lok Sabha and clarified that the pandemic did not stop the Government to take up reforms which will ensure sustained growth of India’s economy. The minister also took a jibe at Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi over his ‘Hum do humare do’ slogan.
On Saturday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replied to the discussion on the Union Budget 2021 that took place in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. She slammed the Congress led opposition for spreading false narrative against the Government that it only works for its friends. In the Lok Sabha, Sitharaman took a jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his ‘hum do hamare do’ slogan as she said that the Centre is taking a holistic approach for the health sector.
The minister made a sharp attack at the tradition of India’s post independence ‘license quota raj’ by saying that, “This Budget draws from the experience of the PM when he was CM – on the ground in Gujarat, seen so many revivals happening at a time when the license quota raj was going away post-1991 & then based on that experience, commitment to reform was blended into this Budget.”
The Finance Minister asserted that the Budget will help government in making ‘Aatmanirbhar’ because the Centre has taken all necessary steps to sustain long-term economic growth. She said, “The budget combines stimulus with reforms and has an element to provide impetus to make India one of the top economies of the world in the coming decades. The budget took a courageous approach.”
During her speech the Finance Minister appreciated the efforts made by the government to develop the rural sector of India. She emphasised on the fact that Centre’s sever schemes were for the poor but not for the ‘damads’ (son-in-laws). This statement was an oblique reference Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s, son-in-law, Robert Vadra.
While replying to a question put up by opposition on the details of defence, the minister said, “There is mention about Defence getting no mention in speech, why hiding details about Defence?…Rs 1,16,931 crore Defence expenditure in 2013-14, this being so huge, unless we pair it down into 3 compartments, you aren’t going to get a true picture-Revenue, Capital, Pension.”