New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the presentation of Union Budget 2017 in Parliament on February 1, dismissing the petition seeking postponement of budget date due to upcoming elections in five states.

The Supreme Court dismissed the PIL saying that the Budget won’t affect the state polls.

The session will begin on Feb 1 with President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the join sitting of the two houses and later on the annual economic report card will be presented in the Parliament on the first day of the budget session.

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The announcement comes weeks after the opposition parties approached the Election Commission (EC) seeking that the Union Budget’s presentation be deferred during the poll process for five states.

Led by the Congress, representatives from several opposition parties including the Trinamool Congress, Janata Dal-United, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal reached the poll panel to raise their objections over the budget scheduled to be presented on February 1 just days ahead of the polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur scheduled between February 4 and March 8.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) however said it was a non-issue and slammed the opposition for politicising the government’s constitutional duty.

(With IANS inputs)


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