Thiruvananthapuram, January 15 : Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala on Friday assailed the final budget of the current LDF dispensation, terming it as full of false promises.
The nature of the budget was a tell that the LDF government was sure they would not be voted back to power, he said, adding that the state government had not even fulfilled the promises made in the previous full budget.
The finance minister’s promise to reduce the state’s debt came to naught. The LDF government was saddling the state with debts. The budget failed to spell out a roadmap for the financial management of the state, the opposition leader charged.
What happened to the packages announced in the previous budget? Chennithala asked, charging that the packages announced in the previous budget remained only on paper and funds were not earmarked for them.
The opposition leader alleged that finance minister Thomas Isaac was hoodwinking the fisherfolk by announcing a new package for them in the current budget when the LDF government had failed to implement the package announced for them in the previous budget.
The announcements in the new budget were but false promises aimed at hoodwinking the voters ahead of the impending assembly elections, he said.
Coming down on the finance minister, Chennithala accused him of having reduced the concept of budget to a farce, charging that the budget was replete with announcements detached from reality.
Muslim league national general secretary P K Kunhalikutty also slammed the budget presented by Thomas Isaac. The muslim league leader lamented that the budget failed to put forward any concrete proposal to address the issue of rampant unemployment in the state.
He echoed the opposition leader’s charge that the budget was but a collection of hollow promises aimed at enticing the voters in the run up to the assembly elections.
On Thomas Isaac’s dismissive remarks on the NYAY scheme proposed by the UDF in its draft manifesto, Kunhalikutty said that the UDF was ready to debate the finance minister on the scheme’s feasibility.