The Supreme Court today (23 January) dismissed a petition seeking postponement of the Union Budget. The Narendra Modi government has decided to present the Union Budget for the financial year 2017-18 on 1 February.
The opposition has said that budget presentation ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in five states can influence the results.
SC dismisses petition seeking postponement of budget date due to upcoming elections in five states— ANI (@ANI_news) January 23, 2017
Advocate M L Sharma, who filed the PIL, argued that the Centre should present the budget in the financial year 2017-18, commencing 1 April. The court said that the budget does not violate the Model Code of Conduct in poll-bound states.