Budget 2017: Janata Dal (U) slams advancement of presentation date; here’s why

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Updated: December 17, 2016 3:35:52 PM

The Centre's decision to advance budget 2017-18 presentation by about a month has been criticised by Janata Dal (United).

The Cabinet on September 21 had in-principle decided to end the colonial-era tradition of presenting the Union budget on last day of February and advance it by about a month. (Representative Image: Reuters)The Cabinet on September 21 had in-principle decided to end the colonial-era tradition of presenting the Union budget on last day of February and advance it by about a month. (Representative Image: Reuters)

The Centre’s decision to advance budget 2017-18 presentation by about a month has been criticised by Janata Dal (United). The political party has said that the government’s decision to present the general budget in first of February would violate the election code of conduct as the notification for assembly polls in several states would be already enforced by that time.

The Cabinet on September 21 had in-principle decided to end the colonial-era tradition of presenting the Union budget on last day of February and advance it by about a month to help complete the legislative approval for annual spending plans and tax proposals before beginning of the new financial year on April 1. However, the decision was strongly opposed by JD(U). Party’s senior leader Sharad Yadav said the decision can be a “violation of election code” and the party will oppose it, reported Web India 123.

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It is to be known that five state Assembly elections are line up in 2017 including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand. Referring it, Yadav said the lucrative schemes of the Centre is trying to influence various sections of people in the poll-bound states that can be reflect on voting patterns there. He said that one of the strategies of the JD(U) would be to file a petition to the Election Commission and wait to see the result of it.

Meanwhile, the ruling party has said, the election code of conduct does not apply to the general budget of the Central government, according to Web India 123.

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