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Opposition, Left criticise Budget as anti-people

While BJP and Shiv Sena describe the Budget as anti-poor, Left attacks Govt for 'ignoring' their suggestions.

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The Union Budget for 2007-08 on Wednesday drew flak from the ruling UPA's friends and foes alike who dubbed it as anti-farmer, anti-common man and listless.

The Left attacked the government for 'ignoring' their suggestions.

Opposition BJP and Shiv Sena dubbed the budget as 'anti-poor, anti-farmer and anti-common man' which showed that the Congress-led coalition did not have any growth-oriented vision.

CPI leader Gurudas Das Gupta said the budget was a "deplorable exercise" as it has failed to address the problem of farmers' suicides or the plight of unorganised labour.

He said the budget had even reduced service tax for corporates instead of raising it for mobilising resources for welfare schemes for masses.

Speaking in similar vein, Das Gupta as also Suresh Prabhu (Shiv Sena) said Finance Minister P Chidambaram's efforts would not help the "aam admi (common man)" and the budget has no measures to rein in inflation.

Dubbing the budget as "listless, unimaginative and timid", Prabhu said the finance minister has lost a golden opportunity to jack up the growth rate to ten per cent.

"In an attempt to please all, the finance minister has displeased everyone," he said.

First Published: Feb 28, 2007 15:40 IST

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