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Even critics are now lauding Budget, claims Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lauded the Union Budget presented on Saturday last as “the best in the current environment” and asserted that even critics were coming around to this view despite initial attempts by “many to mislead” people on it.

Mr. Modi was addressing a BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, the first in this session and also after the election of J P Nadda as new party president.

An MP present at the meeting said Mr. Modi told the meeting that “this is the best Budget possible in the current environment and while there were attempts to mislead people on it over the weekend, even critics have come around to the view that it’s a good Budget.”

The Prime Minister also said that the Bodo agreement in Assam and the settlement of the Bru issue in Tripura would be considered important contributions to peace in this decade.

Nadda’s directive

At the meeting, Mr. Nadda kept the focus on the coming Delhi Assembly elections, urging MPs to spend the next four days campaigning in the slum clusters of the Capital. He spoke after a grand felicitation by the group and by Mr. Modi.

An elaborate list of 240 party MPs from both Houses has been drawn up by Mr. Nadda for deployment at the slum clusters, considered the support base of Aam Admi Party chief and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The MP present at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting said Mr. Nadda emphasised that the decisions taken by the Modi government, especially that of legalising nearly 40 lakh unauthorised dwellings in the city be communicated to people. “Also, the Kejriwal government’s moves to overplay what it has done for health and education and the free water and electricity that has only been provided just before polls, needs to be exposed,” Mr Nadda is reported to have said according to the MP.

The polls in Delhi are scheduled for February 8, with February 6 being the last day of campaign. Results will be out on February 11.

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