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The agenda in focus

The agenda in focus
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First Published: Mon, Feb 22 2010. 10 30 PM IST

Updated: Mon, Feb 22 2010. 10 30 PM IST
Union budgets give a blueprint of the agenda for the government of the day. Finance ministers in the past have often used their budget speeches to make a political point. An election in the near future always adds more popular programmes to budgets. Often the expenditure programme is the best indicator of a government’s preferred constituency.
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First Published: Mon, Feb 22 2010. 10 30 PM IST