While Congress President Sonia Gandhi claimed that Modi government copied UPA government's budget, former Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge and Congress leader Rajeev Shukla claimed it was nothing but an anti-poor and pro-rich budget. Following the reactions from the party, many raised questions whether Congress's budget too was pro-rich and anti-poor?
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other NDA leaders, contradicting to other opposition leaders' reactions, hailed the budget. Here take a look at who said what:
Narendra Modi: We are going in the right direction to overcome challenges faced in last decade.
Sonia Gandhi: There is nothing new, they have merely continued our schemes.
Raghuram Rajan (RBI Chief): Too early to declare victory on bad loans.
Arvind Kejriwal: If you closed your eyes and heard Arun Jaitley properly, you would have thought it was Chidambaram speaking.
Mamata Banerjee: The budget is visionless, missionless and actionless from the angle of the common people.
Nitish Kumar: Budget of Modi govt is "disappointing" as there was nothing for backward states.
Lalu Prasad Yadav: All sections of society have been cheated. Where is the BJP's slogan of 'Swadeshi' now?, wherever you see, it's just FDI & PPP.
Mayawati: I dont think inflation will come down with this.
Praful Patel: We will have to give time to see how it works out, Abi to na khushi hai na gham.
Ghulam Nabi Azad: Nothing new in Budget 2014 , just repackaging and renaming of old UPA.
Mulayam Singh Yadav: This Budget 2014 is only for the rich, not for the poor or the unemployed.
Manu Singhvi: Nation expected much more. All these campaign promises and then "khoda pahaad nikala chuha"?
Manish Tewari: High on rhetoric, short on delivery. No vision and no roadmap.