Mahesh Nayak, senior associate editor, Business Today
The BSE Sensex rose 141 points, or 0.5 per cent, to close at 29,361.50. However, it was not a bad budget. The finance minister presented a balanced budget to boost growth but had his hands tied on spending.
It would now depend on the Reserve Bank of India to cut interest rates to boost growth and investments. "Overall, the budget is reasonable but it has certainly not met the expectations of being a big-bang reform-oriented budget," says C.J. George, CMD, Geojit Financial Services.
Geoge says the biggest positive from the Budget is the proposed law to curb black money. "However, they should not go after people who have legitimate money overseas," he says.
"The market may consolidate from these levels. The budget has not thrown surprises that it will zoom from the current levels," he adds.