New Delhi: Aggressive measures – that is the signal UPA government is sending in the run-up to the budget, says Rajiv Pratap Rudy, spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
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He said that with the Left parties decimated, the country’s political landscape had changed and that the BJP was committed to being a responsible opposition party.
Rudy said that when the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was in power, it had set a lot of precedents and they must be followed up and the country needs to attract investments.
Rudy also accused the UPA of putting reforms on the backburner for five years.
He said that there is a pressing need for infrastructure creation, without which the government cannot keep up its promise of inclusive growth. The BJP spokesperson said the current fiscal deficit is worrisome.
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Vinod Sharma, political editor of the Hindustan Times said the budget would have to reflect the mandate the Congress received in this year’s elections. He expects the budget will include investments in the social sector including the NREGS scheme. The political editor said National Food Security Act was a major issue for the party since the availability of food remained a major problem in India.
Sharma also agreed with Rudy on the need to strengthen infrastructure. This Sharma said must be accompanied by job creation and increasing the purchasing power of the people. The government should give a boost to the economy through public spending, said Sharma.