Lucknow: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has requested PM Modi directly that if the budget is shared before his state starts voting on February 11, then Uttar Pradesh will deprived of schemes that could help India's most populous state. The powerful Election Commission has ordered that the budget cannot include any announcements that could influence voters in the five states that begin voting just days after February 1.
Voting will begin from 4th of February in Punjab and Goa. The election will held in seven stages across Uttar Pradesh from 11 February and will wrap up in Uttarakhand and Manipur, Results of all states will be declared on 11 March.
The first part of the budget session of parliament will start on January 30 when the government is expected to present the Economic Survey, which sets the scene for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's fourth annual budget.
Mr Jaitley has said that the budget cannot be delayed on account of state elections. The cabinet decided last September to merge the railway budget with the annual budget, ending a nearly century-long practice. It also decided to advance the date of the general budget, usually the last working day in February, to ensure proposals take effect from April 1.
Akhilesh Yadav letter to PM Modi:
UP Election: CM Akhilesh Yadav urges PM Modi to postpone Union Budget