"Rs 2,000 For Votes": P Chidambaram Slams Centre Over Relief To Farmers

PUBLISHED ON: February 1, 2019 | Duration: 4 min, 26 sec

  
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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, addressing a press conference after the government presented the interim budget, said Finance Minister Piyush Goyal tested patience by giving the "longest" interim budget speech in recent memory. "It was not an interim budget. It was a full-fledged Budget accompanied by an election campaign speech. By doing so, the government has trampled on time-honoured conventions," Mr Chidambaram said. The government today said it will send Rs. 6,000 to small farmers directly into their bank accounts in a scheme that will be funded 100 per cent by the centre. The programme will cost Rs. 75,000 crore.
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