Different political parties on Thursday reacted differently to the proposed budget for fiscal 2022-23.
Ruling party leaders termed the budget a pro-people budget while opposition politicians termed the budget as a budget of looting.
Ruling Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader described the proposed budget as "pro-people and business friendly" which will revive the post-Covid economy.
He said, in the proposed budget, the allocation for social safety net has been increased by Taka 7,000 crore compared to the present allocation.
The issues of lower income groups and middle-class people have been highlighted in the budget.
"So, it is a budget for the poor. It's a business-friendly and pro-people budget," he said.
But his rival BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir termed the proposed budget as a budget of looting.
He said, I do not want to react to the budget.
Which budget will I respond to? Whose budget? Who is doing this budget? Those who are not representatives of the people, he asked.
They have no right to present a budget. They have prepared all the budgets only for looting.
Saiful Haque, general secretary of the Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh, has claimed that there is no news of relief in the budget for the billions of people who are in dire straits due to the horrendous rise in commodity prices.
Saiful Haque said that in this budget of buying Ghee on loan, there is no news of any relief for the people of the country, especially for the billions of people who are suffering due to the horrendous rise in food prices.
Significant steps taken by the government in the production, import, marketing, sale and distribution of essential food items to control the market are not visible in the budget, he further claimed.
Jebel Rahman Gani, chairman and Golam Mostafa, secretary general of Bangladesh National Awami Party (Bangladesh NAP) in a statement said, like in the past, this year's budget is nothing but a document of poverty, inequality and looting.
The leaders added that every year the government presents a conventional budget. The government's proposed budget for 2022-23 is no different. Ordinary people are neglected in this budget.