Mumbai : When economists and common people are appreciating and welcoming the annual budget, the ruling Shiv Sena said that Maharashtra was ignored in the Union Budget 2021- 22 and it’s one of the principal coalition partners, NCP termed the budget as “disappointing” and a move towards “privatisation.” However, the former chief minister and the leader of the Opposition, Devendra Fadnavis welcomed the provisions made for metro projects for Nashik and Nagpur cities in the Budget.
While criticising the union budget, the senior NCP leader and Maharashtra Home minister Anil Deshmukh said that the Budget presented by the Central government is very disappointing. It seems a move towards privatisation. The common man has been neglected in this budget. Similarly, no concrete decision has been made for farmers, he observed.
Deshmukh said the Budget failed to meet expectations of the people amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Another NCP leader and state Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad tweeted: “The new budget in simple words….”India_For_Sale.” The NCP’s Maharashtra chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase sought to know about the revenue figures for the financial year 2020-21.
He said Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman used flowery words in her Budget speech to hide the “real intention of privatisation.” Tapase said the Budget didn’t provide any specific roadmap to tackle unemployment.
The Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member and the party spokesman, Sanjay Raut said “Maharashtra is not seen in this Budget.” To a question whether some states have received more allocations considering upcoming state elections there, Raut said in that case, the financial plan cannot be called as a national budget, but that of a political party.
the past several years, people like us have been trying to find Maharashtra in Union budget. But Maharashtra is not seen in it,” Raut said and added that Maharashtra, and particularly Mumbai, makes a huge contribution in terms of revenue for the country, but the state has always faced injustice. However, Raut forgot to mention about the budget allocation of around Rs 6,000-crore for Nagpur Metro while a special allocation for the metro railway for Nashik city.