Budget Keeps MPs Awake Till Late Night!

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The Lok Sabha sat till 11.10 pm on Tuesday to conclude the debate on the Union Budget, the reply to which will be given by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday.

While a total of 12 hours were allocated for the discussion, the Lower House sat till 11.10 pm, going beyond the allocated time to allow members to participate.

The voting on the Finance Bill is also expected to be taken up on Wednesday afternoon with the ruling BJP issuing a whip to its members to be present in the House.

During the debate on Tuesday, the Opposition criticised the Budget for its “distinctive misses”, even as the ruling BJP described it as a roadmap to achieve the $5-trillion economy.

Several Opposition MPs also criticised the government for increasing the duty on petrol and diesel in the Budget, saying it would hurt the common man and must be withdrawn.

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