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Nirmala’s statement on prioritizing the eastern region faces criticism in the Interim Budget; Trinamool dismisses it as an election tactic.

Trinamool Congress to BJP: Prioritize Human Welfare Over Political Theatrics in Interim Budget; Youth Concerns Overlooked.

In the 2023-24 Interim Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman emphasized the government’s commitment to making the eastern region a significant driver of India’s growth. However, critics, including political observers and economists, speculate that these remarks are strategically timed for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Nirmala Sitharaman identified West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh as pivotal states for achieving the goal of ‘Viksit Bharat’ (Developed India). With a combined representation of 128 Lok Sabha members, the focus on these states is seen as a political move by the BJP.

Trinamool Congress in West Bengal voices criticism over the budget, calling it into question
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The Trinamool Congress in West Bengal criticized the budget, dismissing the emphasis on the east as an election gimmick and urging the BJP to prioritize human welfare over political theatrics. Chandrima Bhattacharya, a senior TMC leader, highlighted the budget’s failure to address youth concerns and criticized ists handling of inflation.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw accused the West Bengal government of hindering railway projects by not allotting land. Despite an increased railway allocation from ₹4,300 crore to ₹13,810 crore under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vaishnaw emphasized the importance of collective efforts for the success of Modi’s vision of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” (solidarity with everyone, development for all).

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