Mumbai: The broad contours of the Narendra Modi government’s commitments during the inaugural budget speeches of its first and second terms are similar: the focus remains on physical infrastructure, taxation, and the banking and financial sectors, and less time was spent on social infrastructure, such as health, education, climate change and labour, an IndiaSpend analysis of budget speeches shows.
We compared finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s speech from July 5, 2019, with former finance minister Arun Jaitley’s speech when the party came to power in 2014.
Jaitley’s speech was 16,489 words long and lasted 2 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds. Sitharaman’s speech was 20,223 words lasting 2 hours, 9 minutes and 13 seconds. In places, the pace of the speech differed. So, in addition to the time spent on each topic, we analysed the word-count as well and expressed this in percentage.