Present Union Budget after assembly polls: Akhilesh to PM Modi


l2016101190593Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has urged him to defer the Union Budget after the assembly election as UP may miss out on schemes which would be beneficial to the state.

Akhilesh composed the letter to the PM some days after the Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking postponement of the Union Budget in the states that are going to polls. The argument was that the budgetary provisions may influence the voters.

It may be recalled that the Election Commission had directed that schemes related to the five poll-bound states should not be announced during the Union Finance Minister’s budgetary speech.

The central government is likely to announce budgetary sops for the poll-bound states only after the polls are over.

While this was so, voting will begin in Punjab and Goa on February 4 and UP in seven phases from February 11. The Centre will convene the Budget Session from January 31 to present the Budget for 2017-18 financial year.

Union Finance Arun Jaitley had earlier said the budget could not be deferred as it was a Constitutional duty.