Leader of Opposition Vidya Stokes termed the Himachal Budget as “anti-common man and anti-farmer”. There is nothing new and it's just a jugglery of facts, she told reporters. Pradesh Congress Committee president Kaul Singh Thakur criticised the government's move to privatise education, hydroelectric projects and tourism sectors in the State. The Himachal State Secretariat of the CPI (M) said the Budget lacks the basic direction of development and hides the essence of the crisis which is in the offing in the hill State. It has expressed concern on the negative growth rate in the agriculture.