Budget 2013: Oppn give a thumbs down, calls it 'jugglery'
Taking a dig, he said Chidambaram has criticised his predecessor Pranab Mukherjee, who is now the President, and said "he deserves a better treatment."
BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said, "It is not a Finance Minister's budget. It's an accountant's budget."
JD-U leader Sharad Yadav said there is no relief to farmers, middle class and workers. "This budget has failed to address all the ills afflicting the country. No tax has been imposed on malls and hotels which consume diesel. Had this been done, famers would have got subsidy."
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, however, said that the prudent, productive and progressive budget would boost growth.
"The three P's of FM's budget - prudent , productive & progressive. It would boost growth and augment equity- UPA's guiding philosophy," the I&B minister tweeted.
Claiming that the budget has failed to chart a roadmap to encourage key sectors like infrastructure, power and manufacturing of the economy which was going through a very difficult phase, BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said the UPA government failed to come out with any concrete steps to rebound the economy.
"In the entire budget, there is no big picture as to how in the 10th year of the government you are going to help the growth in the key infrastructure sector," Prasad said.
Critical of government's handling of the economy, he said