TN budget evokes mixed reaction from political parties

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Chennai, Mar 20 (UNI) The state budget presented by Tamil Nadu Finance Minister K Anbazhagan evoked mixed reactions from the leaders of various political parties, with PMK, one of its ally, describing it as a ''disappointing one''.

Talking to reporters, PMK Floor Leader G K Mani said his party welcomed some of the schemes on uniform education and Tamil improvement, which were mentioned in the shadow budget released by his party.

However, it was disappointing for people and the PMK as it did not have any mention about implementing total prohibition in the state, one of the major demands of the party.

''It's also disappointing as the budget did not contain any announcements curbing entry of MNCs into retail trade, preventing private engineering institutions from collecting huge fees and reopening of closed industries'', he added.

Hailing the budget, Congress Legislature Party leader and party Treasurer D Sudarsanam likened it as ''eating jackfruit dipped in honey''.

He also welcomed waiver of interest on farm loans.

MDMK floor leader M Kannappan said the budget did not contain any new schemes. ''It's only a continuation of announcements made in the last budget''.

''No plan of action has been announced to prevent power cuts, control rising prices and maintenance of law and order. The announcements in the budget are nothing but decorative words'', he added.

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