The State unit of the Congress welcomed the tax-free budget presented by the AIADMK Government but at the same time said it was unfortunate that the State government had fixed the blame for the price inflation on petrol and diesel prices.
In a statement, Congress MP B.S. Gnanadesikan said the Central Government had awarded a subsidy of over Rs. 1,80,000 crore on the sale of petroleum products to ensure that the cost burden did not fall on the common man.
He welcomed the State’s announcement to procure and sell rice at the cost of Rs. 20 per kilogram even if it increased the cost burden on the Central Government.
Even though the State government had presented a ‘tax-free’ budget, questions remain on how the AIADMK government would raise finances for its schemes, the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP has asked.