The BJP is hoping that it would be the Budget that could game the election for them.

The shadow of losses the BJP suffered in the recent Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh loomed large over the Union Budget as it had over the policy decisions taken over the last two months.

The poll campaign and the results revealed to the BJP not just that their own cadre was upset with lack of forward movement on ideological issues, but that there was upper caste resentment and most of all, anger among farmers who had seen liquidity being sucked out of the economy as the effects of demonetisation kicked in.

While the government got a 10% quota for economically weaker sections in the general category cleared through Parliament to assuage the upper caste anger and asked the Supreme Court to vacate the stay on the undisputed land in Ayodhya to appease the Sangh Parivar, the relief package for farmers and raising of the exemption of income tax were the ones that took most time.