New Delhi, 24 Jan 17. The Supreme Court’s decision dismissing a plea seeking postponement of the budget session ahead of assembly elections in five states did not impress the Congress Party. The party on Tuesday refused to agree with the decision stating that it would help influence the voters. “I don’t agree with the Supreme Court’s decision. Because if the budget session commences as scheduled then, without a doubt, it will affect the elections, be it positive or negative,” said Sandeep Dikshit of the Congress.
However, the Central Government commended the apex court’s decision and come down hard at the opposition for politicising the issue stating that the budget is not state specific but for the country as a whole. Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the budget is the government’s constitutional responsibility, adding that halting the process or politicising it is wrong.
The apex court yesterday rejected lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma’s plea seeking postponement of Union Budget to March due to the ensuing assembly elections that is to be held in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Goa and Uttarakhand next month. Sharma in his plea stated that the people would face a lot of problems due to the upcoming assembly elections in these five states. The opposition had also sought the same, arguing that the budget announcement would allure the voters and influence voting thereby leading to unfair elections.
The Union Budget will now be announced on February 1, as had been decided by the government.