Supreme Court refuses to hear plea on postponing the budget

The Supreme Court on Friday, refused to hear a plea seeking urgent hearing on postponement of Budget to March, after the Assembly polls were completed in five states -Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar said, “will hear the matter in due course of time, but not now.”

The opposition parties led by the Congress approached the Election Commission demanding Budget to be presented after the state elections get over. The government has announced that the Budget will be tabled on February 1 while polls while Assembly polls will begin from February 4.

TMC leader Derek O’Brien went on to add that the solution to this would be presenting the Budget after March 8 and to get it passed before March 31st.

However, the BJP party said it was a non-issue and slammed the opposition for politicising the government’s constitutional duty.

“The budget is a constitutional duty of the government and not related to any one state. The presentation of the budget is not a sudden decision rather it has been decided beforehand with prior information to the stakeholders,” Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

The Budget is scheduled to be presented on February 1, and the Central government is in no mood to postpone it, defying the allegations made by opposition parties to use it in their favour for upcoming elections.