Opposition Cong, BSP term Uttarakhand Budget ''displeasing''

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Dehra Dun, Mar 10 (UNI) The main Opposition Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttarakhand today termed the Budget 2007-2008 ''displeasing'', saying it had ''no focus'' on the state's development and its people.

Leader of the Opposition Harak Singh Rawat said the Budget proposals presented in the Uttarakhand Assembly were not ''pro-people'', unlike the Central government's Budget which focussed on minorities, women and farmers.

He said proposing tax relief and presenting a surplus Budget were mere ''gimmicks'' and the people should prepare themselves for price rise and other problems.

Mr Rawat said the Budget should have doled out food subsidies for even those people who are not living below the poverty line.

BSP leader Shahnawaz said it was obvious that the government would present an ''anti-people'' Budget.

He said his party was allying with the Congress on issues such as caste certificates, unemployment and development as the government was not ''heeding'' to their demands. Due to this, there was no point in attending the Assembly session, he added.


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