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Opposition Slams Budget, BJP Calls Progressive. Congress, CITU (CPM) and other opposition leaders slammed the Union Budget 2015-16 and said that it would leave the poor and middle class into lurch.

Tirupati: Congress, CITU (CPM) and other opposition leaders slammed the Union Budget 2015-16 and said that it would leave the poor and middle class into lurch.

In a strongly worded statement released here on Saturday, CITU district general secretary K Murali termed it as a ‘deceiving budget’ and said it would hit hard the employees, workers and menial labourers. Flaying the slashing of IT to corporate by 5 percent, he said that the same budget had conveniently forgotten to hike the IT limit of the salaried people to provide relief to the middle class. Opposing the proposed disbursement of about Rs 41000 crore shares of PSUs, he said it was like killing the goose laying golden eggs.

The slashing of the budget allocation to ICDS and midday meal scheme will hit hard the children of poor and affect their health and educational status improvement, Murali said that new pension proposal also was against the interests of employees.

Town Congress president Nagabhushanam addressing the media here on Saturday said that the budget terribly disappointed the people of the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh. He said allocation of Rs 100 crore for Polavaram project did not reflect the national status accorded by the Centre for the project.

Like the Railway budget, this budget too failed to address the concerns of the State and also provide any allocation for fulfilling the package and relief measures assured in the AP Reorganization Bill, he stated.

However, BJP state spokesperson G Bhanuprakash Reddy hailed the union budget as progressive and said that it had given priority to social security and progress of the poor, which was never done earlier.

In a press release here on Saturday, he lauded the allocation of Rs 1000 crore in the budget for women security and also funds to various central institutions including IIM, IIT, IIIT, IIESR etc. coming up in AP.

Welcoming the Centre reaffirming its resolve to help AP development, he said in the next few years the support from the Centre will increase to satisfactory level.

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