The Interim Budget 2019 has received mixed reactions from the public and members of the government. Focused on providing relief to the farmers and middle-class sections of the country, the budget speech was followed by a series of tweets with comments and reactions from the Indian ministers and politicians.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley called the budget "Pro-Growth, Fiscally prudent, Pro-Farmer, Pro-Poor."
The Budget is unquestionably Pro-Growth, Fiscally prudent, Pro-Farmer, Pro-Poor and strengthens the purchasing power of the Indian Middle Class.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) 1 February 2019
Minister of Commerce and Industry, Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu said that the budget focused on "3 main components of our glorious nation - people, progress & prosperity."
Indeed a budget for the people, of the people!— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) 1 February 2019
Focusing on the 3 main components of our glorious nation - people, progress & prosperity. This budget will move us towards #NewIndia by 2022.
We shall celebrate 75 yrs of our Independence with our heads held high!#BudgetForNewIndia
Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, said that he was confident that the government will be able to rejuvenate all the rivers in the next 10 years as announced by the FM today.
By increasing taxable income to Rs 5 Lakh, the household income of middle class will further improve.— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) 1 February 2019
Hon. FM has also targeted to rejuvenate all the leading rivers of India within next 10 years. We are confident to complete it within the given timeline.#BudgetForNewIndia
Chief Minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, said that the budget "will help achieve the dream of a 'New India'."
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on #Budget2019: All sections of the society incl farmers, middle class, poor & women have been mentioned in this budget. This budget will help achieve the dream of a 'New India'. pic.twitter.com/s06XQCfMXU— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) 1 February 2019
Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament (for Thiruvananthapuram at the Lok Sabha) from the Indian National Congress Party feels that tax exemption to the middle class was the "one good thing" and felt that the income support announced for farmers was insufficient, as per his statement to ANI.
S Tharoor, Congress: The whole exercise has turned out to be a damp squib. We've seen one good thing that is tax exemption for the middle class. Rs 6000 in income support for farmers boils down to Rs 500 per month. Is that supposed to enable them to live with the honour&dignity? pic.twitter.com/kZDRhkKSWi— ANI (@ANI) 1 February 2019
Smriti Irani, the Member of Parliament elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, congratulated Prime Minister Modi for giving a "holistic budget."
I congratulate PM @narendramodi ji & FM @PiyushGoyal ji for giving the Nation a holistic budget benefiting farmers, poor & middle class and giving thrust to Digital India, Infrastructure & Defence. #BudgetForNewIndia— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) 1 February 2019