Opposition urges EC to ensure Budget is presented after Polls

Opposition leaders from the Congress, Trinamool Congress, JDU, RJD and DMK met the Election Commission on Tuesday seeking a recommendation to the central government to postpone the Union Budget presentation in Parliament in the wake of upcoming assembly elections in five states.

Led by the congress party, Rajya Sabha Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Demanded that the Budget be presented after March 8. He said the Centre could announce populist measures and under such circumstances, a just and fair election could not be conducted.

The Budget session is to start on February 1.

“It is clear that the government will misuse the budget presentation and try to allure the voters just before polls,” said Anand Sharma, Congress spokesman, ANI reported.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi had on Wednesday said that a representation for deferment of the Budget was being examined and a decision on the issue would be taken in due course.