OPPOSITION LEADERS in the Rajya Sabha on Friday continued their attack on the Budget, saying there was a marked difference in what the government said and did, and that this was a “Budget that intends to sell the country”. Congress MP Deepender Hooda also attacked the farm laws in his speech, and referred to a report published in The Indian Express on what the promise of MSP would cost the government.
“In their seven years of governance, there is a clear difference between what they say and what they do,” said Hooda, son of Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former chief minister of Haryana, which has witnessed protests against the three contentious farm laws across the state.
“Those who talk of Aatmanirbhar Bharat have reduced the skill development budget. Those who talk of sensitivity have reduced the budget for people with disabilities. Those who talk of New India have reduced the budget for scientific research and those who talk of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas’ have reduced the budget for minority development, and those who talk of nationalism have reduced the budget for pensions for soldiers. A government that talked of doubling farmer incomes has reduced the agricultural budget, while those who talk of making India a ‘Vishwa Guru’ have reduced the education budget,” Hooda said.
“In 70 years, the highest the unemployment rate has been is in the Narendra Modi government, and the gap between the richest and the poorest is the highest now,” he…