Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday presented the United Progressive Alliance government's first Union Budget.
Chidambaram unveiled a pro-poor Budget -- which also cheered investors with sweeping liberalisation measures -- while assuring economic growth of seven-eight per cent.
The finance minister while giving his Budget speech said his "mantra" would be "maintaining growth with equity."
Finance Minister P Chidambaram followed by the Minister of State for Finance S S Palanimannikkam entering the Parliament.
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