Budget a damp squib, lacks vision: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Feb 1: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday dubbed the Union Budget a “damp squib” saying that it lacked vision and did not address key issues like job creation and agrarian distress. Reacting to Fince Minister Arun Jaitley’s Union Budget, Gandhi attacked the rendra Modi government over the railway safety and questioned the Prime Minister’s dream project of bullet train.

“We were expecting fireworks, instead got a damp squib. The budget lacked vision,” Gandhi told the media. “The shock that this government gave through demonetisation, the expectation was the government will do something for the poor, farmers the unemployed. But there is no clear vision. He (Jaitley) did a lot of sher-o-shayari, gave a good speech but there is no basis. “The Fince Minister’s job is to show a broad road map on issues like job creation, farmers’ issues. But he said nothing on these fundamental things,” said Gandhi. “I do not see any impact. If they really wanted to make use of this opportunity they should have made some big announcements, especially for farmers,” he said. “Modi had promised of creating two crore jobs, but last year only 1.5 lakh jobs were created. This is shameful. Secondly the farmers are crying, they need waiver of their loans. This government talks so much of being pro-farmer but did nothing for them,” said Gandhi.  (IANS)