Kerala Budget leak row: Demonetisation not an excuse for poor performance; stop copy pasting Centre’s schemes – try something original next time!

By: | Published: March 6, 2017 11:38 AM

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac is facing a 'fire-like' situation in his own party, following allegations of having presented a 'leaked' budget.

Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Issac. (PTI)

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac is facing a ‘fire-like’ situation in his own party, following allegations of having presented a ‘leaked’ budget. The party is trying to save face but the Opposition has upped its attack in mocking the Budget document as a ‘leaked document’ of no value. Today, the Kerala State Legislative assembly is likely to witness dramatic scenes as the Opposition is expected to demand Thomas Issac’s resignation. Indications are that despite internal differences, CPM will extend full support to its Finance Ministers.ont of the people.

According to local news reports, Chief Minister Pinarayi Viajayan and CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan are not happy with the way things have played out regarding the Budget presentation. Pinarayi Vijayan reportedly expressed displeasure to Finance Minister Thomas Issac over these developments.

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Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac had started the Budget session last Friday, addressing the legislative assembly by criticizing the Centre’s demonetisation move. He seemed to use demonetisation as the sole reason for all of the state’s problems – which also reflects an obvious but strategic move to cover up lapses of the Left-ruled government in the state. Blame demonetisation for all the problems in the state and all is well – that sort of attitude.

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However, the Kerala BJP unit is not taking things lying down.

That the Budget announcement has not demonstrated the seriousness and sanctity expected of a Budget document has been one of the key points highlighted by leaders of other political parties. The very allegation of a leaked Budget weakened the sanctity of the Budget document itself.

“Finance Minister Thomas Issac must resign for having presented a ‘leaked budget’,” said Kummanam Rajasekharan, BJP Kerala unit state president.

MT Ramesh, Kerala BJP general secretary stated, “All the announcements made by Dr Thomas Issac related to people-oriented schemes are those that have already been implemented first by the Centre, especially housing, electricity, cleanliness drive, free medicines. Thomas Issac had criticised the Centre throughout his Budget speech and then tried to get an applause – what’s the use? He has announced Centre’s popular schemes and passed it off as part of the state Budget!”
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MT Ramesh, Kerala BJP general secretary also hit out stating, “By presenting a leaked Budget in the state assembly, Issac Thomas has cut a sorry figure and it ended up sounding like a shallow political speech. He should step down and resign from his position as Finance Minister.”

The news that the Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac had presented a ”leaked” Budget was first announced by Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, who held a parallel Budget meet in the media room soon after. He had also alleged that the sanctity of the Budget document has been lost.

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P.K. Krishna Das, former Kerala BJP unit state president called the Budget presentation a ‘literary criticism on the lines of a book review.’ He stated, “The Budget presented by Thomas Issac lacked seriousness. It was more on the lines of a book review. To cover up the mistakes and follies of the LDF government, Thomas Issac made statements to slam the Centre and didn’t even come up with any practical or useful announcement in the Budget. There was nothing to boost the state’s agricultural sector nor any initiative to tackle the problem of rising unemployment. The Budget lacked practicality in perspective.”

No matter how things play out, the grim reality is this – a poor performance cannot be camouflaged by hitting out at the Centre and yet copying some of its popular schemes, not to mention the fact that the leakage of the Budget document is a serious blooper!

So, here’s the thing: Blaming demonetisation to hide poor performance won’t work! Stop copy pasting Centre’s popular schemes and try to come up with something original next time!

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