Akhilesh Yadav's letter to PM Modi: Union Budget on February 1 is unfair
The Election Commission of India has ordered that the budget cannot include any schemes that could influence voters in the five states that go to vote days after February 1
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that if the Union Budget is shared before his state goes to vote on February 11, Uttar Pradesh will not be getting schemes that could help the state. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that the Centre does not need to postpone the union budget from February 1 due to the assembly polls in states like UP. The Election Commission of India has ordered that the budget cannot include any schemes that could influence voters in the five states that go to vote days after February 1.
Voting begins on February in states of Punjab and Goa. Uttar Pradesh will see a voting process divided into seven stages starting from February 11 and will wrap up in Uttarakhand and Manipur. On March the results will be formally announced.
The government is expected to present Economic Survey on January 30 which is considered as the first phase budget session and it will set the scene for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's fourth annual budget.
Jaitley has said that the session could not be delayed due to the assembly polls. The union cabinet on last September decided to merge the annual railway budget with the budget, thereby putting a pause to a century-long practice. It also decided to advance the date of the annual budget, which usually takes place on the last working day of February, to ensure proposals take effect from April 1.
In UP, Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party has formed an alliance with the Congress to fight against PM's party and Mayawati's BSP. The BJP has not finalised it's Chief Ministerial candidate and Modi is leading the party's campaign in a state where the party's victory will give much boost to his expectations of another term in 2019.
Read Akhilesh's full letter here.