The Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was a “disappointment” and provided no relief for the people, Suresh C. Angadi, MP, has said.

In a statement issued here on Friday, he said the Minister had “failed” to come out with a commitment on the ambitious river-linking project or the Rs. 5.6 lakh crore railway modernisation project. Even as it provided some relief to the salaried class by increasing income tax exemption limit, the UPA government had burdened the common man by proposing to increase excise tax, even on items such as bicycles. The budget proposals were bound to push up prices of commodities, Mr. Angadi added.

‘Sectors ignored'

Hubli Staff Correspondent reports:

Shivakumar C. Udasi, Haveri MP, has termed the Union Budget as just “eyewash”.

In a release issued here, Mr. Udasi said there were no proposals on improving priority sectors such as health, agriculture, education, irrigation and power.

The Minister had initiated no steps to check inflation, and the soaring demand for coal, which had affected power production, had not been addressed, the MP added.