Jaitley Has Presented Ballot Budget
The budget 2018 vows to strengthen farm infrastructure that can ensure better return for our farmers. However, there was no relaxation to the salaried class as personal income tax slab was untouched, budget 2018 has provisions that common man can cheer for long. This budget gives health cover of Rs 5 lakh per annum to 10 crore poor families means around 50 crore poor citizens. Subsidized LPG gas cylinders under the Ujjwala Yojna — one of the major instruments that helped BJP win Uttar Pradesh polls — will be used a poll tool ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls again as 8 crore new such connections have been targeted in 2018-19 budget. Sensing business and trade fraternity’s ire on heavy push to rural economy, this budget reiterated its divestment and other promises to bring national economy on track. So, in small and contracted words this budget was mainly focused on ‘Vision 2019’ rather with various other variables.
Jyoti Mathur, Jodhpur
With Gandhi Bashing Speech, Modi Sets 2019 Agenda
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, spoke for about four hours in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and while being constantly heckled by the opposition, gave speeches that were clearly aimed at firing up the BJP’s base ahead of general elections. The reaction of his cabinet colleague Rajnath Singh clearly showed mission accomplished – the Union Home Minister shook his head and pumped his fist post the Prime Minister’s speech in the Lok Sabha. The electoral intent of the Modi speeches were also evident in the jibes at the Congress party’s Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka, which is soon going to the polls and which the BJP is desperate to win to give momentum for a saffron surge in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and then the general elections.
Pawan Kalyan, Madurai
Don’t Let Olympic Reverie Enchant You Too
At the end of the opening ceremony night, after more than two hours of kumbaya at its most elegant, the infamous Pyeongchang wind pestered the fantasy-closing fireworks exhibition. A grand and hopeful night concluded with smoke and debris forcing you to close your eyes and take cover. It was harsh to the senses, a wicked way to transition from fairy tale to reality. Perhaps it was a warning, too: Don’t let Olympic reverie enchant you too much. It can blow up in your face.
Herald D’Cruz, Kolkata
Let Humour Prevail In Parliamentary Heat
Humorous repartee has been as normal in both Houses of parliament as heated debates, interventions, accusations and interruptions. The best part of the humour is that it happens extempore, and at times comes from unexpected quarters. One such incident happened last week (on the 7th) when, amidst interruptions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘pleaded’ with the Chairman of Rajya Sabha to spare Renuka Chowdhury for her loud and embarrassing laughter. However, the way it has been tilted for political gains is unfortunate. It is better if humour is allowed to prevail in parliamentary proceedings.
Ravi Upadhyay, Lucknow