What does a common man expect from the budget? Lower inflation, lower tax rates, more avenues to save taxes, extension of the social security net, emphasis on health, education & infrastructure and above all a budget that is comprehensive and transparent in nature.
But what do they get? Some populist declarations that are unlikely to be sustainable (Ricardian equivalence ensures that we fear the future rather than enjoy the present), changes in direct taxes that benefit the business class much more than the common man (doing away with the standard deduction: salaried class had once again taken a hit compared with businesspeople, who could continue to write off business expenses), further shrinkage of social security net (lowering of interest rates on PF being debated every now and then), indirect taxes like service tax that ensure that the price that he has to pay shoots up. Wasn’t it true during the financial meltdown when the government was busy doling out sops to the industry, the FMCG companies were increasing the prices as well as decreasing the quantity of their offerings. It was not a surprise that they raked in mullahs while the common man suffered again. Reforms like GST wait because it creates a system too transparent and efficient for the industry. Imposition of education cess, leakages in the development schemes, rising interest rates or inflation etc in the end are borne by the common man.
So, we can say that though the industry looks most concerned as well as vocal, the one who suffers silently is the common man. He might benefit here or there by some populist measures (esp. when the election are round the corner), but it’s too short lived. So, when a industrialist or a politician can defend one's turf effectively using jargons like deficit, WPI etc why would somebody lobby for the common man in the budget? It’s not a surprise that nobody does.