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Budget from visitors' gallery: 'Modi' chant & the handshake that mattered

MPs chanted 'Modi-Modi' for nearly 90 seconds when Goyal announced a tax rebate for people earning less than Rs 5,00,000 annually

Interim Budget 2019

Aditi Phadnis 

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal with MoS Finance minister Shiv Pratap Shukla  arrives in the Parliament to present the interim Budget 2019-20
Finance Minister Piyush Goyal with MoS Finance minister Shiv Pratap Shukla arrives in the Parliament to present the interim Budget 2019-20

At 11:05 am, Congress MP Rajiv Satav sidled into the House. He whispered something to colleague Sushmita Deb and handed her a handful of laser-printed placards. One set said: ‘How’s the jobs!’ Another simply said: ‘15 lakh?’ These placards were raised every time Finance Minister Piyush Goel mentioned the word ‘jobs’ in his interim Budget speech.



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First Published: Fri, February 01 2019. 21:44 IST