Budget 2017: Akhilesh Yadav requests Narendra Modi to postpone Budget till Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls
Lucknow: The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested him to postpone the date of Union Budget and Railway Budget in view of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. As per the reports, Akhilesh Yadav wrote to PM stating that if the Budget is presented before Uttar Pradesh starts voting, the state will be deprived of the schemes that could help the state. The polling date for the Phase I of Uttar Pradesh elections is February 11.
In his letter, Akhilesh has said that in the wake of the ECI rider, there are possibilities that the people of Uttar Pradesh might be deprived of the schemes or benefits coming their way in the Union budget. He also said that this might led to “an adverse effect on the development of the state and welfare of its people.”
budget from announcing any state-specific schemes and any “announcements that would could influence voters in the five polling states” that begin voting just days after February 1. The Supreme Court has already dismissed a petition seeking postponement of the Union Budget till the elections in the five states were over. The Opposition had approached the Election Commission of India to postpone the date of the Union Budget to March in view of the election in 5 poll-bound states- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.
Top sources on January 18 had confirmed that the Budget will be presented on February 1 and there will be no specific announcements on the five poll-bound states in the Budget. The Budget will be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.