New Delhi, Feb 1: Responding to the Budget speech by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said that the speech was too long and he is "yet to absorb it".
"It’s a long Budget speech, yet to absorb it", Dr Singh responded in Parliament moments after the Finance Minister presented the Budget. Ms Sitharaman's speech was the longest in the history of India as she spoke for as long as 2.40 hours. Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said "flowery language and high-sounding words and platitudes are meaningless". "Nirmala Seetharaman has failed to explain the budgetary maths. As revenue receipts till November are only 45 per cent of the budget estimates there is a gaping hole", he tweeted. Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor has also responded and said, "Revenue projections in the Budget are totally unrealistic".
Earlier, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi criticised the Budget and termed it is 'rambling' and 'hallow'. "The main issue facing the economy is unemployment. I didn't see any strategic, concrete idea that would help our youth get jobs. I saw tactical stuff but no central idea. It shows the mindset of the government, all talk and talk but nothing happening. There are lot of repetition, rambling", he said while talking to reporters at Parliament. "Maybe this was the longest Budget speech in history but it had nothing, it was hollow", he added. (UNI)