Soon after the Finance Minister's budget in the Lok Sabha, Mrs Gandhi claimed, "There is nothing new, they have merely continued our schemes."
Meanwhile, former Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge claimed, It's a pro-rich budget. The budget has nothing new to offer. There is no new new scheme, no new plan and no new railway line. They themselves have admitted that it is a plan holiday. When they are not going to give anything what is the point in talking about it." [Read: Highlights of Budget 2014]
Supporting Kharge's comment, another Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said, "This budget 2014 does not benefit the common man." Meanwhile, former Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal also criticised Gowda for not introducing "anything new" in the rail budget, saying projects like linking ports with rail line and introducing Information Technology (IT) were "already in pipeline".
Citing the reactions of the Congress leaders, critics questioned whether Congress's budget too was pro-rich and anti-poor as Mrs Gandhi claimed NDA copies UPA's budget?