What TN leaders had to say about Union Budget?

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has praised the Union budget by stating that it would lead to growth in all sections.  

He appreciated Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for using Tamil quotes from Puranaanooru in her budget speech.

“I welcome the Central budget presented by Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman, which has new policies for India’s future growth, besides good schemes It is also a visionary budget”, Palaniswami said in a statement.

DMK president M K Stalin critcised the plans for government disinvesting from public sector undertakings, which he feared could lead to the “closure” of such units.

Stalin said the budget was “sweet” for corporates and “bitter” for the poor people. He opposed levy of customs duty on newsprint, saying it was a “clever” attempt at “muzzling” freedom of expression.

Stalin said the increase in petrol and diesel prices will result in rise in the cost of essential items and transport cost for the common man.

Stalin said the announcement to raise Rs 50 lakh crore for Railways by private participation was like handing over the common man’s transport system to rich people.

AMMK leader T T V Dhinakaran dubbed the maiden budget of the Narendra Modi 2.0 government as a “compilation of contradictions.”