Pranab lays out Budget

Updated: Mar 16, 2012 13:03 IST

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee arrives at parliament surrounded by the media prior to presenting the national budget in New Delhi.  Government was due to deliver its budget as an acrimonious split in its ranks over hiking rail fares highlighted the increasingly dysfunctional nature of the ruling coalition. The Congress-led administration, already battered by a string of graft scandals, is under financial market pressure to cut public spending and rein in a ballooning deficit at the same time as spurring slowing growth. AFP PHOTO/ Raveendran
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Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee arrives at parliament surrounded by the media prior to presenting the national budget in New Delhi. Government was due to deliver its budget as an acrimonious split in its ranks over hiking rail fares highlighted the increasingly dysfunctional nature of the ruling coalition. The Congress-led administration, already battered by a string of graft scandals, is under financial market pressure to cut public spending and rein in a ballooning deficit at the same time as spurring slowing growth. AFP PHOTO/ Raveendran

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