Sonia said that it was a mere continuation of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s schemes.

"There is nothing new, they have merely continued our schemes," she said.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi echoing similar sentiments called the Union Budget a laundry list of Rs 100 crore.

"The budget is just a laundry list of Rs 100 crore proposals and is all about usurping UPA government ideas," he said.

"It will not quicken the economic pulse, in fact, it will slow it down," he added.

However, the Union Ministers praised the first Budget of Narendra Modi-led government, saying the Finance Minister has done a great job and brought wonderful, growth-oriented proposals that would boost the economy and help the common man.

The Union Budget for 2014-15 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament on Thursday left income tax rates unchanged but provided sops to small and marginal assessees by raising the threshold exemption limit from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh and investments under 80C by Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh while promising not to bring tax changes with retrospective effect.


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