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Shubhang Kabir, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
The petition to postpone the presentation of the annual Central Budget till the State assembly polls conclude in five states has been dismissed by the SC today. The petition that this move can affect the voting-decisions of citizens has been seen as no concrete point. In background; the petitioner had argues that schemes like such (during the polls), which involves policies like giving homes in states which are not economically well-off, will influence the citizens of the state to reconsider their voting decision. Petitioner has alleged this to be a tactic to gain peoples’ support, which according to the Mode of Conduct during election season is strictly prohibited.
On the contrary, the decision to present the annual budget had been decided by the government last year, with a definite objective. Timely approval by the Parliament and then President’s final assent will lead to timely dissemination of the allocations to the budget-holders before the commencement of the financial year on April 1. Thus, the petition stands dismissed by the SC.