GUWAHATI, July 11 � The Opposition today criticised the Budget, terming it as having very little that can address the burning issues of the State and its people.
Sirajuddin Ajmal of the AIUDF maintained that the Budget was silent on crucial spheres such as price rise, industry and agriculture. He said that it avoided the issue of spiralling rise in prices of essential commodities while, at the same time, had nothing on how to put agriculture on the fast track growth.
Ajmal also felt that the Budget failed to spell out in unambiguous terms as to how to promote industrialisation in a backward State like Assam.
According to former Chief Minister and AGP leader Prafulla Mahanta, the Budget had nothing new in it and was not a growth-oriented one. He was also critical of what he said was a disinclination on the part of the Government to address the nagging inter-State border disputes as reflected in the Budget.
Prasanta Phukan of the BJP was of the view that the Budget did not have anything worthwhile in it because the next polls were far away. He said that the Budget failed to reflect the wishes and aspirations of the people as it had no mechanism for addressing serious issues concerning sectors like agriculture, industry, etc. He also felt that major departments were left out of the purview of the Budget.