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Opposition calls Delhi Budget bogus, gimmick, AAP praises it

PTI 25 Jun 2015, 23:08:29 PM IST

New Delhi: The opposition today slammed Delhi Budget terming it as “bogus” and “gimmick”, even as Aam Aadmi Party called it a forward-looking one which has given priorities to sectors like education, health and transport.  

Slamming the budget, BJP Delhi president Satish Upadhyay said AAP had talked a lot on budget expenses through Mohalla Sabhas dialogue and when the chance to implement came, only 0.65 per cent budget expenditure, that is just Rs 253 crore, has been given for Swaraj Nidhi.

“This Delhi Budget is a gimmick. It is more or less a continuation of AAP election speeches,” he said.  

Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly and BJP MLA Vijender Gupta said that be it the matter of Swaraj Nidhi or giving 20 crores to the selected 11 constituencies, there is no clarification as to who would decide how this money is to be used.

Congress said the whole budget has been made on “unrealistic revenue forecasts”.Attacking the government over the Wi-Fi project, it said sanctioning a mere Rs 50 crores for providing free internet in colleges and villages is like making a “joke” of the promise made to the people of Delhi.

Upadhyay said the allocation for free Wi-Fi was to “misguide” the youth.“Let Delhi government tell can they give free Wifi in all schools, colleges and entire rural belt in just 50 crores,” Gupta asked.

However, AAP went all hammer and tongs on Twitter over the budget.“Revolutionary allocation for education in Delhi Budget.  Education, health, transport, women security, WiFi, Swaraj, skilling, jobs, bijli, paani are focus areas of AAP govt budget #SwarajBudget,” party leader Ashutosh tweeted.  

“106 per cent increase in education in DELHI GOVT budget!  This is governance. This is AAP commitment to make Delhi knowledge hub. Education for all and quality education to every one,” he said.