Oppn parties move EC, ask for budget to be postponed
The Election Commission is examining the representation of various political parties for not allowing the presentation of the Union Budget during the poll process of five states and will take a call on it soon.
Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said various political parties have represented to the Election Commission regarding the issue of presentation of Union Budget which is likely to be presented on February 1 by the central government as it falls during the election campaign to five states.
“The Commission has received one representation sent by some political parties. This representation is with regards to the presentation of the budget. The Commission is examining this representation and in due course of time will take a call on this,” he told reporters when asked about the issue. Various political parties, including Congress, Left, Samajwadi Party and some others, have represented to the EC for not allowing the central government to present the budget during the poll process as the sops that could be announced in it may influence voters in upcoming Assembly polls.
Replying to a query on EC’s preparations on the Supreme Court judgement disallowing seeking of votes on religious grounds, the CEC said separate instructions are being prepared to help implement the apex court order during the Assembly polls to states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur which start on February 4.
“The law department of the election commission is preparing instructions based on the Supreme Court order. The order will further strengthen the hands of the commission and it wants all political parties to follow the order of the SC on their own as well,” he said.
Zaidi also said the use of black money in these elections is expected to reduce post demonetisation, but the use of other “illegal inducements” in different forms may see an increase.
Second phase of Budget Session likely from Mar 9 to Apr 13
The second part of Parliament’s Budget Session is likely to start from March 9, a day after the last phase of voting in the Assembly polls, and will end on April 13. Earlier this week, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA), headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, had recommended start of the Budget Session from January 31 followed by the presentation of the Union Budget on February 1. Both address of the President and tabling of the Economic Survey are likely to take place on January 31 and the first phase of the Budget Session will run till February 9.