All the political parties – ruling and opposition – unite on the matter of Jallikattu. A few lives are lost in the game in a couple of days. Opposition parties unite against demonetisation and stall the process in parliament. “For God’s sake, do your job. You are meant to transact business in Parliament. Disruption of Parliament is not acceptable at all,” laments the President of India. Opposition MPs are not in a mood to listen to the old man as they are having a great party within the Parliament.
As the case for Kambala in Karnataka gathers storm, former external affairs minister SM Krishna, like a seasoned bull, charges his party leadership that the party did not want time-tested leaders but only managers. He is unhappy about not being invited any more to the small parties in the party.
“Nandan Nilekani, a high-profile member of the opposition Indian National Congress party, has joined a committee to map a path to digital payments. ” I admire that a visionary like Nandan Nilekani is not sucked by the petty politics and works with grace for a greater cause. I also admire the central government for choosing a member of an opposition party as an advisor for its ambitious project.
The Annual Budget attracts bitter comments from the opposition parties and admiration from thought leaders, economists, industrialists and common men.
Rahul Gandhi states, “the budget lacked vision. This government talks so much of being pro-farmer, but did nothing for them.”
Industry leader Mohandas Pai states: ‘… it’s a budget with a focus on farmers, rural area, on the poor, on women, on infrastructure, on digital economy and bringing in good governance… Overall, one would say that it is a good budget.”
While Sitaram Yechuri of CPM calls the budget a complete gimmick, Shashi Taroor of INC makes tongue-in-cheek shy comments, “Some borrowed ideas that are good, some new ideas that may be good but are yet to be tested … ”
Kiran Majumdar summarises her comments, “Overall, with this budget, Arun Jaitley has tried to make an attempt at cleansing the nation of black money by bringing in more transparency and accountability with a view to make India an inclusive and equitable society. ”
Economic Times prints the views of ” Some of the top economists, tax consultants and market analysts”
- “could not have been a better budget in the given circumstances”
- It is indeed a pro-growth budget
- It is a step forward to transform the economy into meritocracy
- The budget seems to be well-balanced
- a fiscally prudent reformist budget
- The reaffirmation of the Governments focus on GST was very reassuring
- workable and realistic budget
- healthy allocation for housing, agriculture & rural sector and infrastructure development.
- The reduction in corporate tax rates for small companies will give a boost to the startup ecosystem
- efficient and sensible budget