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Govt handing out doles for votes, alleges Oppn during Budget

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The opposition on Friday accused the government of bringing a populist budget aimed at garnering votes in polls due this summer.

Initiating the debate in on the Interim Budget amid protests by the on the Rafale issue, Biju Janata Dal(BJD) alleged that the government was "completely following misdeeds and modus operandi" of the previous government.

Taking a dig at the government, he said the underlying message of the budget appeared to be "tum mujhe vote do, main tumhe paise dunga" (You give me vote, I will give you money), a reference to doles announced by the government for different classes.

Everything this government has done has been aimed at the super rich, Satpathy charged.

In an apparent jibe at Piyush Goyal, who was present in the House, he said a number of senior Cabinet ministers in the government are from the Rajya while those from the have been ignored.

Lok Sabha members are "rooted in ground issues", he said, adding during the UPA's reign the country was ruled by a prime minister from the Rajya Sabha.

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M Veerapa Moily (Cong) was to initiate the debate but in his absence Satpathy was asked to start it.

As Kalraj Mishra, who was the presiding officer, allowed a discussion, protesting members intensified their slogan-shouting, objecting to the debate when the House was not in order.

One member was seen tearing papers and throwing them at the Speaker's table, and of the Congress said, "It is not good. The House is not in order."

To this, Mishra said the House will be in order if the protesting members go to their seats.

Congress members Gaurav Gogoi, Rajeev Satav, Sushmita Dev and others trooped into the Well shouting slogans demanding a (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal.

reprimanded Gogoi after he walked up to Sathpathy's seat with a placard and started raising slogans as the member's microphone was on and the camera usually focuses on the person who is making the speech.

The Congress later staged a walkout.

"This is very irresponsible behaviour. This is wrong and should not happen. We are proving that we are killing democracy," the said, disapproving of Gogoi's behaviour.

Anurag Singh Thakur (BJP) said the Budget was for an aspirational class and will benefit 12 crore farmers, 30 crores labourers and 3.5 crore middle class.

"It is a "pro-poor" budget and will strengthen the middle class," Thakur said.

He also said the cumulative sum of various government schemes comes close to Rs 15 lakh.

"Which means that the government has paid every person Rs 15 lakh as promised during the last elections," Thakur opined.

He also said the has done more for the than any other governments in the past.

Dushyant Chautala (INLD) claimed that unemployment is rising in the country and private companies like Ola and are exploiting their employees.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 17:15 IST