New Delhi, Feb 2: Responding to criticism by the Opposition over the Union Budget 2017, Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said rivals were speaking according to their political lines.
The budget was presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday. The entire annual economic exercise got mixed responses from various political parties, leaders and organisations. However, politicians like Rahul Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee severely criticised the Centre over the budget.
"Rahul ji and Mamata ji are speaking according to their political lines. We are ready for discussion," Naidu told ANI.
"We are trying to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor created by the Congress and decrease the poverty rate. How can they like the budget?" Naidu asked. Naidu profusely praised his party colleague Jaitley and said that the budget was of very high standard.
"Jaitley focused on 10 areas to revive the economy. I call this budget 'dashashwamedh yagya'," added Naidu.
Training his gun at the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader said both the parties will lose the upcoming UP assembly polls.