‘Those Giving Assurances Are Traitors’: Aaditya Thackeray Slams Eknath Shinde Govt Over Maharashtra Budget 2023

MumbaiReacting to Maharashtra government’s assurances, Shiv Sena leader (UBT) leader Aaditya Thackeray on Thursday said that assurances have been given by the state government in the budget for 2023-24, but it needs to be seen ‘how much are the assurances’. Aditya Thackeray said, “Assurances have been given to all, but the question is how many will be fulfilled. Those who are giving assurances today are traitors, how can they be trusted.”

“How much can you trust them? The previous government had given assurances during 2014-2019. How many of them were fulfilled,” he said. The Maharashtra government on Thursday presented the state budget for the year 2023-24 in the state assembly, with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde describing the state budget for the year as “historic and inclusive”.

Thackeray also said that the government has provided support to farmers so that they can stand on their own and has given tax benefits to women. Deputy Chief Minister and State Finance Minister Devendra Fadnavis presented the state budget in the Vidhan Sabha here on Thursday.

According to CM Shinde, this budget is for everyone including students, senior citizens and women. He also announced that Balasaheb Apla Hospital would provide free medical check-up and medicines, which had been stopped by the previous government.

The Chief Minister further said that the budget has given development to all the projects and the government is standing with the farmers. He also said that the restoration work of an old temple is being done and the amount for the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule scheme has been increased to Rs 5 lakh. In addition, Rs 1,729 crore has been allocated for the development of Mumbai and all roads in Mumbai will be made of concrete.

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said, “This budget has provided everything, and the opposition has nothing to say.” Shinde highlighted the efforts of the government to provide assistance to various groups in the society and carry out developmental projects.

“The focus on farmers and women is noteworthy and the allocation of funds for infrastructure development reflects the government’s commitment to overall progress,” he added. In the state budget, the Shinde government announced a cash benefit of Rs 6,000 annually to around 1.15 crore farmers.

The state will spend Rs 6,900 crore per year for the scheme. In addition, Rs 1,800 will be provided annually to farmers in 14 suicide-affected districts in lieu of food grains distributed through the PDS. The state government has proposed Rs 39,000 crore for metro rail projects in Nashik, Thane and Pimpri-Chinchwad.