People in the city, holding hopes, curious and stressed waiting for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech at 11 am — the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s first post-GST and last pre-poll Budget. The Sensex unboxed at 36,127.20 points, while the Nifty at 11,067.25.
The party breaking with old tradition, FM will deliver the Budget speech but not in English this time. His deputy and MoS Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla has hinted at a populist Budget, saying it will be a “good Budget and will benefit the common man”. The other MoS in Finance Ministry, Arjun Ram Meghwal, also hinted at a ‘common man’ Budget, saying the government must fulfill “everyone’s expectations”. This is India's first post-GST and is being keenly watched to see what Arun Jaitley does to boost growth in Asia's third largest economy.
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