TDP president and AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu has surpassed even Prime Minister Narendra Modi in trying to cheat people with fake budget and false sops before crucial general general elections in April.
Normally, any government going for polls in the election year presents vote-on-account budget, which is only to seek Legislature approval for meeeting government expenditure till elections are over and new government takes over after polls. There will be no sops in these interim budgets.
But Modi recently presented budget in Parliament which is more like a regular budget with sops like Rythu Bandhu, income tax exemption etc despite knowing very well that there is no value for this budget before polls and a new government will come up with full-fledged Budget after assuming office.
Chandrababu too came out with a budget today (Tuesday) in AP Legislative Assembly to woo voters of all sections before crucial Assembly polls with fake sops and fake allotments.
On one side, the TDP government claims in the Budget that the fiscal deficit of state touched a whooping Rs 32,390 crore, but showers sops like increasing unemployment allowance from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 per month, doubling of social security pensions, an additional Rs 500 crore for housing for poor etc.
Surprisingly, the government also claimed that AP has a revenue surplus of Rs 2099 crore while Chandrababu and all other TDP leaders crying throughout the day of being a revenue deficit state for the past five years.
This clearly shows that Naidu has exaggarated the budget figures with an aim to woo voters before Assembly polls with populist schemes and welfare schemes, for which there are no funds available to implement.