New Delhi, Feb. 2 -- The Congress on Saturday attacked the government over the Union Budget, saying the Centre is in complete denial that the economy faces a "grave macro-economic challenge" and claimed that it has given up on reviving the economy, accelerating growth and creating jobs.

Addressing a news conference at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi, former finance minister P Chidambaram slammed the budget, saying there is nothing in the budget that leads one to believe that growth will revive in 2020-21. "The claim of 6 to 6.5% growth next year is astonishing and even irresponsible," he said.

The senior Congress leader said the government "does not believe" in reforms and certainly not in structural reforms as finance minister Nir...