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Budget 2012-13 was "disappointing" and had nothing for women, who comprise half the population, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Harsimrat Kaur said Friday.
Amid the uncertainty over his continuation, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi today attended the meeting of the Union Cabinet.
Finance minister has been able to address the twin tasks of checking inflation and accelarating growth, Manmohan Singh's office said, quoting him, on the microblogging site Twitter.
The entire opposition ranging from the left to the right was united in its criticism of the "anti-people" Union budget presented in Parliament by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday.
The issue of bringing back Indian black money stashed abroad is likely to figure prominently in the budget session of Parliament beginning Monday with BJP leader L K Advani today saying that the opposition was eager to know how the government had tackled the matter.
India's economic growth will gather speed over the next two years but radical policy changes including foreign investment in multi-brand retail and availability of agricultural land for industry are needed, the Economic Survey said. HT reports.
On March 3, at an exclusive meeting with Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Union railway minister and party member Dinesh Trivedi reportedly appraised her of the probable projects in his budget.
Injecting a note of levity in his sombre budget presentation, a smiling finance minister Pranab Mukherjee told the Lok Sabha on Friday that he had no problem in a "rollback of the speech".
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today hailed the Union budget 2012-13 presented by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in Parliament, describing it "pro-people and progressive".
The government said today it would change a law to allow it to tax foreign firms for acquisitions of assets in the country after it lost a $2.2-billion fight with British mobile phone giant Vodafone.
Terming the union budget as anti-people, the Indian National Lok Dal supremo and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala today held that it would further hit all sections of the society by escalating the prices of all the essential commodities.
As the Congress puts on hold her latest demands - related to railway minister Dinesh Trivedi and his budget - Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee chose to play cool over the general budget and not test its ally's patience further.
"It's a good budget," said Rahul Gandhi even as the Congress commended finance minister Pranab Mukherjee for laying the foundation for future after a difficult year.
The cold response even to some of the populist aspects in this year's budget appears to be the result of an overall negativity that has gripped the UPA-II government.
Departing from the familiar references to Kautilya's Arthasastra, the finance minister, in his budget speech, quoted from the 'immortal' Shakespeare's Hamlet "I must be cruel only to be kind". The FM did not but Shakespeare continued: "Thus bad begins ..." Sitaram Yechury writes.