‘Incomplete and disappointing’: Opposition criticises PM’s stimulus package announcement, lockdown 4.0 strategy
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a whopping Rs 20 Lakh crore stimulus package for the lockdown-battered economy, during his address to the nation on the coronavirus crisis. PM Modi also hinted at new and different Lockdown 4.0, but stopped at detailing about the both, which he said will be spelled out in the coming days.
Reacting on the announcement by the Prime Minister, the opposition parties, including Congress, TMC, Shiv Sena attacked the government and criticized PM for not raising the issue of migrant labourers, who are apparently suffering the most due to the lockdown.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the heartbreaking human tragedy of migrants walking back home needed compassion and care. "Dear PM, What you said today gives the country and the media a HEADLINE," he said on Twitter.
"When the 'blank page' is filled with 'Heartfelt help of people', the nation and Congress party will respond. India is deeply disappointed by your utter lack of empathy, sensitivity and failure to address the woes of millions of migrant workers," he said in a series of tweets.
Another Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said, "Hoping that the Rs 20 lakh crore package is not scripted with same pen which was used to make the promises of giving everyone Rs 15 Lakh, cleaning 'Maa Ganga', bringing back black money in 100 days, transforming Varanasi into Kyoto and ending terrorism with demonetisation."
However, the announcement was welcomed by only one Congress leader. "Better late than never," said Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, whose state, among others, is awaiting a fiscal stimulus from the Centre.
Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party also trained their guns at the announcement by PM and said that the package "should not go the Bihar way".
"Let's see how it unfolds. We will wait for the details. But it should not go the way Bihar's package went," Maharashtra Minister and NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik said, referring to the relief package announced for Bihar in 2015.
BJP’s estranged ally Shiv Sena also attacked the government approach and said that Rs 20 lakh crore package was needed, but he should have also talked about giving the states their Goods and Services Tax (GST) share.
"He should have talked about that (states' GST share). There is criticism of PM Cares Fund as it is not under the Right to Information Act. He should have talked about that too," the Sena spokesperson said.
"The most affected states like Maharashtra should be given more share....Mumbai is the country's financial capital. We expect they will give more (money) to Maharashtra and give GST share to the state," she added.
The Trinamool Congress also termed Prime Minister's address as "incomplete and disappointing", saying there was no proper direction on how the financial package of Rs 20 lakh crores would be used and also what would happen after the third phase of the lockdown ends on May 17.
"Most of his speech was all about boasting about his government's so-called achievements. The address has been incomplete and disappointing. There is no clear direction about how this Rs 20 lakh crore would be spent. What will happen after May 17, there is no clear indication regarding it. He spoke about Lockdown 4.0, but what will be its structure nobody knows," veteran TMC leader and MP Sougata Roy said.
The Trinamool's Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien said, "We saw the wrapping paper but we don't know what's inside the package. Because he didn't announce the details. How will this money be raised, will the government borrow, will it raise taxes? The devil lies in the details of the package, for which we have to wait for one or two more days."
(With PTI Input)
Posted By: Talib Khan