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Hemant: Union budget is like PM’s Mann ki baat, doesn’t address country’s sentiments

Ranchi: Chief minister Hemant Soren has linked this year’s Union budget 2022 which was presented by Finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman with PM Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki baat programme stating that it doesn’t address the needs and sentiments of the country.

“Just like PM holds his monthly Mann Ki Baat programme to only speak and never listens to anyone’s demands, concerns and aspirations, I see this budget too in the same light. It doesn’t talk or take into account the needs of the states, concerns of youths, Dalits, tribals, poor etc,” he said talking to reporters outside the airport on way to Dumka.

He also said that the budget is an extension of Centre’s larger plan of selling the country’s assets. “Today, BJP has turned into Rs 5000 crore company by selling nation’s assets by its government in the Centre. Soon, you will hear about sale out of LIC. Same is the case with railways,” he said. Asked on increased allocation to the state besides and above the regular devolution given by the Centre, which was announced by Sitaraman in her speech as interest free loans, Soren said, “It is not any assistance but rather the Centre now wants the states to be burdened by the loans which it intends to dish out.”