BJP targets Govt prior to presentation of General Budget

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 05:29 hrs

New Delhi: Taking on the Congress-led UPA Government ahead of the presentation of General Budget 2013-14 in Parliament, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday accused the Centre of creating an anarchic economy where prices are unabatedly rising.

"This budget being the annual economic exercise is an important milestone of a policy pronouncements by the government. But unfortunately for last nine years, the UPA Government has absolutely created an anarchic economy where prices are unabatedly rising. So, people want relief from price rise and people will be looking to the budget whether they are really offering some real measures, which will bring down the prices of essential commodities," said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.

"So, what budget offers in this regard? And the next issue is people want more and more job opportunities. This government has ensured the path of jobless growth. We want job reach growth and in that job reach growth we will like to see whether this budget offers," he added.

Javadekar further said this would probably be the last budget of the government for the polls are scheduled to take place next year.

"The issue is how they are meeting the challenges of fiscal deficit, how they are meeting the challenges of current account deficit, how they are meeting the challenges of all other very worrisome economic parameters. So, how the Finance Ministry is going to unveil the plan or whither he is going to make a political speech that is to be seen," he added.

Meanwhile, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Jay Panda said the biggest challenge for Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is to resist political pressures and do the right thing.

Chidambaram, who will be presenting his eights budget today, is expected to announce certain steps to contain the current account deficit.

The nation's expectations are running high on what the Finance Minister has in store for inflation continues to be a big challenge. The individual taxpayers will also be looking forward to some relief from today's General Budget.

The General Budget that would be presented in Parliament today would be discussed by the lawmakers over the coming months.

This budget is significant as it will be the last one before the nation faces the next Lok Sabha polls due to take place in April-May next year.

Chidambaram earlier on Wednesday tabled the Economic Survey 2012-13 in Parliament.

The Economic Survey is customarily tabled in Parliament by the Finance Minister a day before the General Budget for the coming fiscal year.

The document serves as an indicator of what is likely to be contained in the General Budget proposals.

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