Kolkata, Feb 2: While a section of politicians has hailed the Union budget 2018 presented in Parliament on Thursday, others have slammed it.
Joining the group of critics is none other than West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is well-known for making anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and anti-Prime Minister Narendra Modi statements.
Banerjee has called the budget as "negative and a super flop show". She added that the "anti-people" BJP government is not fit for governance.
"I am disheartened with the Union budget. This is a hopeless, negative and super flop budget. It is a big bluff budget. I think this anti-people BJP government is not fit for governance," she told reporters in Kolkata.
She said the country's middle class is completely disheartened with the budget as it has nothing to offer for them.
"We heard that they (the central government) would take some measures to appease the people. But it has nothing to offer except disinvestment," she said about the Union budget.
The budget presented by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley was the last full budget of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre before the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
Banerjee said the budget does not spell out the direction on employment generation and has cut allocation on various other social schemes.
"Small scale and medium industries have been badly hit due to demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST). We have been saying this from the very first day," she added.
However, Banerjee's counterpart in Bihar, CM Nitish Kumar, lauded the budget. He said it contained appreciable initiatives for the agriculture and health sectors.
"I could not listen to the entire budget speech of Jaitley, but heard the parts relating to agriculture, health and education. The FM deserves applause on these counts," he told reporters at Patna.