Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday said that the budget of the state for the financial year 2013-14 would focus on the farmers, labourers and the poor.

He said that wherever there is Congress government it has always given emphasis to the uplift of such sections of the society. The budget would be pro-people, in the interest of common man and with special focus on the poor, Hooda said while speaking to reporters after presiding over a meeting of the State Cabinet in chandigarh.

Hooda was asked to comment on the budget of state to be presented in the session of the State Assembly, which begins in Chandigarh on Friday. When he was asked that what impact would the absence of three leaders of opposition including INLD President Om Prakash Chautala who are lodged in jail in connection with a teachers recruitment case while one Independent MLA Gopal Kanda, who is behind bars in connection with suicide case of a young airhostess, would have on the forthcoming budget session of the assembly, Hooda said that there had been occasions when the entire opposition had been out for having walked out of the House on an issue.

He said that in a democratic set up "the opposition should play a constructive role." Earlier on Wednesday, addressing the representatives of Aggarwal society who had called on him at his residence here to thank for providing reservation to special backward classes, Hooda said that the present Congress government has removed anti-social and disruptive elements from the state to enable the entrepreneurs to run their business without any fear.

He said that his government had not only completely wiped out Inspector Raj from the state but had also made concerted efforts during the last eight years to reduce or withdraw VAT on the various items, thereby meeting the long pending demand of the business community.

(Agencies)

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