Four days after the Supreme Court dismissed the petition seeking the postponement of the Union Budget in five states, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to present the Budget after the assembly election.
Dismissing the plea, the Supreme Court had said that there was no illustration that it would influence voters.
Whereas, giving its nod to the Centre to present the Union Budget on February 1, ahead of the Assembly polls, the Election Commission on Tuesday said no schemes related to these poll bound states can be announced and the Finance Minister’s speech should not refer to the government’s achievements in these states.
However, in a letter written to PM Modi, Akhilesh said that India’s most populous state would be deprived of schemes, which could have impact on 20 crore citizens and development of the state.
Union Budget must be presented after elections: CM Akhilesh Yadav in a letter to PM Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/HnhXUiydBU— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 27, 2017
Akhilesh also stated that he would like to remind that in February-March 2012, considering the elections, the then Union government had decided to present the budget after elections.
“Being the representative of the citizens of the state, it is my request to you to consider presenting the budget after elections, so the schemes that would benefit the people could be announced.”
Voting for Punjab and Goa begins on February 4, and elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven stages across from February 11.
The Centre will convene the Budget Session of Parliament from January 31 to present the Budget for 2017-18 fiscal the very next.