India Inc has said the finance minister's initiatives will give a further fillip to growth, especially in the hinterland.
The common man, he said, expects honest governance. "He doesn't demand sops and freebies. It is our myth."
Budget 2018 likely to focus on rural areas after Narendra Modi's narrow home-state victory | Reuters
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government won an election in his home state of Gujarat this week, but only just as it faced discontent fuelled by falling farm incomes and a lack of jobs.
The government has only four months of indirect tax collection data to base its revenue estimates and growth projections for the budget scheduled on 1 February, 2018