Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman slammed the Indian National Congress (INC) over the “hum do humare do” remark, saying that the Narendra Modi government worked for the common people, not for cronies.
In her reply to the discussion on the union budget in Lok Sabha, Nirmala Sitharaman trained guns at the opposition, saying, “For those who are constantly accusing us of dealing with cronies, PM SVANidhi Yojana doesn’t go to cronies.”
In yet another veiled dig at INC, she said, “Damads get land in states which are governed by some parties ― Rajasthan and Haryana once upon a time.”
Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s recent ‘hum do humare do‘ remark alleging Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bonhomie with “crony capitalists”, the union finance minister said, “Hum do humare do would be ― ‘we are two people taking care of a party and there are two other people who I have to take care, daughter and damad will take care of that’.”
“But we don’t do that. Rs 10,000 is given to 50 lakh street traders as working capital for a year. They aren’t anyone’s cronies,” said Sitharaman.
Continuing her attack on the INC, she went on to say, “Where are the cronies? They are hiding probably in the shadow of that party, which has been rejected by the people. The shadows that were invited to even develop a port. They invited no open tenders, no global tenders.”
“Who are our cronies? Our cronies are the janata of this country,” asserted Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha.
Sitharaman said the Union Budget 2021-122 had set the pace for India to become Atmanirbhar. She said the challenges of pandemic did not deter the government from undertaking reforms for maintaining long term goals of the country.
“The reforms undertaken will lay the path for India to become one of those fastest-growing economies in the world,” she said, adding the Budget has set the pace for India to become Aatmanirbhar or self-reliant.
Earlier this month, Finance Minister Sitharaman had presented a Rs 34.5 lakh crore budget for 2021-22 in the backdrop of the Covid pandemic. The Budget has laid emphasis on increasing capital expenditure, raising allocation for healthcare capacity building and development of agriculture infrastructure, among others, which are expected to have a multiplier effect on the economy.