FM Not Yielding to Pressures
In framing the Budget, the FM has shown commendable restraint. He has not yielded to the pressure to tinker with the fiscal deficit to fund infrastructure and boost consumer demand. He has also desisted the temptation to incorporate populist measures to influence voters. He has attempted to raise funds by curtailing revenue expenditure and enhancing revenue through higher tax collections and divestment. However, the outlays for schemes which will help farmers, dalits, youth and poor have been enhanced. The trick lies in the BJP articulating these measures properly ahead of the UP polls.