Finance Minister Counters Rahul Gandhi's LS Speech, Calls Him 'Doomsday Man Of India'
Finance Minister Counters Rahul Gandhi's LS Speech, Calls Him 'Doomsday Man Of India'

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday slammed at former Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his "hum do humare do" and "crony capitalism" jibe on the government. While replying to the Budget discussions in Lok Sabha, Finance Minister spoke about the agriculture allocation and said that benefits worth 1.15 lakh crore to over 10 crore farmers have been given through PM SVANidhi Yojana (PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi).

Delivering her final speech on the discussion on Union Budget 2021-2022 in the Lok Sabha, the Finance Minister took on Gandhi saying he is probably becoming the "doomsday man" of India, building "fake narratives" that "demean" the country.

Mocking Rahul Gandhi's jibe, she said, "Hum do hamare do' is that - we are two people taking care of party and there are two other people who I have to take care, daughter and damad will take care of that. We don't do that. Rs 10,000 is given to 50 lakh street traders as working capital for 1 year. They are not anyone's cronies."

FM Nirmala Sitharaman said the Union Budget 2021-122 has set the pace for India to become Aatmanirbhar. She also said the challenges of pandemic did not deter the government from undertaking reforms for maintaining long term goals of the country.

"The reforms undertaken will lay the path for India to become one of those fastest-growing economies in the world," she said, adding the Budget has set the pace for India to become Aatmanirbhar or self-reliant.

Earlier this month, the Finance Minister presented a Rs 34.5 lakh crore Budget for 2021-22 in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Budget has laid stress on increasing capital expenditure, raising allocation for healthcare capacity building and development of agriculture infrastructure, among others, which are expected to have a multiplier effect on the economy.

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