Many political leaders of Tamil Nadu have reacted to the Interim Union Budget which was presented to the Parliament today by Minister Piyush Goyal. AMMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran, while welcoming the tax relief (income tax ceiling has been increased to Rs 5 lakh), has expressed disappointment over lack of new projects for Tamil Nadu.
Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S Ramadoss said announcements such as Rs 6000 per annum to farmers, increase of income tax limit and pension for workers in unorganised sector are welcome. He however said he was expecting many more schemes in the budget. Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president S Thirunavukkarasar has said the budget is full of lies and it has been presented keeping Lok Sabha elections in mind.
TMC president and former Union Minister G K Vasan said the budget was full of highs and lows. "It has been presented in view of the Parliamentary polls," he added. Since Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, who was unwell, is getting treatment in the United States, Minister Piyush Goyal, who is additionally handling his portfolio, presented the Interim Budget today, ahead of Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing Parliament, Goyal said, "This is not just an Interim Budget, but a medium for country development. The country is changing because of the 'josh' of the Indian citizens. Development has become a movement in our government".