Finance minister Arun Jaitley presented his maiden Union Budget on Thursday.
A lot was expected from the budget since the BJP-led government rode to power on promises of economic development, growth and providing relief to inflation-hit common man.
HT asked its readers to rate the budget, which is the first official road-map of the Modi-led dispensation for fiscal consolidation and growth strategies.
Those who took the poll were asked to rate the budget on a scale of 0-5. 30% of the 19,762 people who were polled till 11:45pm Thursday, evaluated the budget at 4 (very good). 27% of those polled assessed the budget at 5 (excellent), 17% rated it at 3 (good), 8% at 2 (average), 7% rated it 1 (bad) and 0 (very bad). 5% of the voters didn't have an opinion on the budget.
However, Twitter told a different story. Sample these:
Soon smoking would be a status symbol. "Ladka well settled hai aur Smoke bhi karta hai" "Bhai waah! Rishta pakka"— GabbbarSingh (@GabbbarSingh) July 10, 2014
Cigarette is expensive. Footwear is cheaper. Now Instead of using your footwear to extinguish your cigarette, use it as an ashtray.— GabbbarSingh (@GabbbarSingh) July 10, 2014
#Budget2014 5 more IITs. 5 more IIMs. In a few years India is going to be flooded with er... best-selling writers.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) July 10, 2014
200 crore for a statue 150 crore for women's safety. *slow clap*— Zaphod Beeblebrox (@RootKanal) July 10, 2014
Smoking Kills, financially. #Budget2014— Gautam (@gautamverma23) July 10, 2014
Before Election, BJP had claimed of Abolishing Income Tax. Seems they have abolished - their plans #Budget2014— Joy (@Joydas) July 10, 2014
Jaitley put the "Gold" in Gold Flake #Budget2014— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) July 10, 2014