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Bouquets and brickbats: Reactions to Modi govt's first full Union Budget

Here are some of the reactions to the Modi government's first full-year budget presented by Arun Jaitley on Saturday.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2015 20:55 IST
HT Correspondent and Agencies
HT Correspondent and Agencies
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Here are some of the reactions to the Modi government's first full-year budget presented by Arun Jaitley on Saturday.

Narendra Modi, prime minister

Manmohan Singh, former prime minister

"My worry about the budget is that it has good intentions but it does not have an adequate roadmap and framework to implement the inititiaves."

Sonia Gandhi, Congress party president

"It is a pro-corporate budget."

Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader

"The budget is only for big corporates and industries. It is not a pro-poor budget. This budget is a repayment by the BJP government to the rich and corporates who had supported them during Lok Sabha polls. The budget is all about promises".

P. Chidambaram, former Union finance minister

"If one asks who is pleased by the Budget, I suspect it will be the corporates and the income-tax payers (3.5 crore). Where does that leave the vast majority of the people, especially the poor, who look up to the government for succour and relief?"

Sitaram Yechury, CPI (M) leader

"The entire tax structure has been so well organised to give benefits to the rich and burden the common man. The total direct taxes have been reduced by Rs 8,050 crore and indirect taxes, paid by the people, raised by Rs 23,383 crore."

Mayawati, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BSP president

"This is not a practical budget, not as per the aspirations of poor and common man of the nation. The budget is aimed at helping corporates. It has been made keeping in mind only the rich and big capitalists. It is not in the interests of common man."

Derek O'brien, TMC leader

"The biggest scam in the budget was the claim that the government has transferred 62% from the central fund to the states. Last year, 61.88% was given to the states. Budget was all good talk and no action as finance minister Arun Jaitley was capable of selling refrigerator to an Eskimo."

Jairam Ramesh, Congress leader

The budget is a "dhanwapsi" programme. You (BJP) had taken in elections. You are paying back."

Ahmed Patel, Congress leader

"Allocation for Sarvashiksha Abhiyan is cut. Farmers get nothing. Service tax increase hurts the poor and the rich will pay less tax," Patel said.

Neelam Gorhe, Shiv Sena spokesperson

"There are several hopeful things about the budget. But we feel it would have been better if the service tax hike had been avoided. Also, we feel people should be given relief by reducing petrol and diesel rates to curb inflation."

Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP

Omar Abdullah, former J-K chief minister

First Published: Feb 28, 2015 20:26 IST