TN: On Rahul Gandhi's criticism of the budget as a 100 crore budget.
AJ: People who have little understanding of issues raise these issues .
TN: Did you feel the pressure on bringing back Indian economy back on track?
AJ: Yes there was pressure.
TN: On tax relief
AJ: Small-time tax payers can save Rs 5,000-7,000 as a result of my tax relief plan. I regret that i did not have money for higher tax exemption. I am not in favour of retrospective taxes as a whole.
TN: On issues of subsidy economy
AJ: Forty-five days time is not enough to understand the subsidy pattern.
TN: You have stuck to Sonia gandhi's MGNREGA scheme
AJ: We are not in support of doling out cash and putting pressure on the exchequer.
Times Now (TN): Have you been a little cautious while presenting the budget?
Arun Jaitley (AJ): I have tried to address each of the issues and the bigger ones with immediate concern.