ISLAMABAD - Reacting to the federal budget, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi said Wednesday that it would generate more inflation and unemployment in the country. "This is an anti-poor and anti-people budget as this would cause more inflation and price hike. The prices of daily use items including ghee, oil and flour would surge as there is no proper steps mentioned in the budget," he said while talking to media persons after presentation of the federal budget. He claimed that there was no plan in the budget for the creation of employment and that would badly hamper the poor-friendly policies adopted by the previous government. He said those involved in budget preparation had not come up to the expectations of the public and had not fulfilled their responsibility. To a question about the long march, Elahi said it would cost Rs one billion to the nation and would badly hamper the development process. PML-Q Parliamentary Leader in the National Assembly Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat said that the budget was no pro-poor as it would bring more inflation and price hike. "There is no significant step to revolutionalize the basic infrastructure. An increase in taxes, with already 12 percent inflation rate, it would be quite difficult to control continued price hike. Amir Muqam, former Minister of State for Water and Power, claimed that the government had brought minimal changes in the budget presented by the PML-Q government last year. "They have done nothing but changed the projects names in the budget. They have changed the Food Support Programme of PML-Q government by naming it Benazir Support Programme. MQM Deputy Parliamentary Leader in the National Assembly Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi reserved his comments saying, "It is premature to offer any comments without going through the budgetary documents". He, however, expressed concern over the fact that there was a hint of lifting the subsidy on fuel prices. "The relief to government employees is normal as all the governments do so. We would have to see whether this raise would enable the employees to meet the sky-rocketing prices," he argued. He urged the government to take all the measures in larger interest of the public, otherwise, they would have to face public anger. He said the government would have to ensure the continuity of political and economic stability, which, according to him, was a major achievement of the past government.