"I hope the government gets the grip on the problem and start paying attention to it. India has a great future if we can get our house in order."
He described the budget as "a very good budget".
"It is a very good budget. Congratulations to the finance minister."
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in the budget presented yesterday hiked excise duty and service tax by 2% across-the-board to raise Rs. 45,940 crore and offered marginal relief to individuals in income tax.