Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister
Ajit Pawar o n Thursday castigated the Opposition for calling his
maiden budget as "biased".
Replying to the general debate on the state budget in the
Legislative Assembly, Pawar, who is also the Finance Minister,
defended the specific allocations for development works saying
that if not done, the surplus shown in this year`s budget
would have been more than Rs 58 crore.
He rejected the opposition charge that he was biased in
Pawar said this year specific allocations were made for
Social Justice department - Rs 408 crore, Tribal Development -
Rs 498 crore, and Planning Department- Rs 2547 crore.
According to him, it is an established fact that usually
40 per cent of provisions are made for developmental
ministries like Power and Public Works Department (PWD).
"The provisions are not made based on political
affiliations," Pawar said, lashing out at the Opposition for
alleging that the budget was beneficial only to NCP
ministries. Pawar himself is from NCP.
Coming down heavily on the Opposition for disrupting the
presentation of budget, Pawar said it was a deliberate attempt
to stall the budget.
"Posters and banners are not prepared in five to ten
minutes. They contained cartoons of former finance ministers.
The opposition members did not even think that by doing this,
they were insulting the present Speaker, who was once finance
minister," he said.