SC to hear plea to postpone Union Budget on January 23

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  1. The Supreme Court on Friday deferred to January 23 the hearing on a plea seeking postponement of Union Budget presentation ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in five states.
  2. The Election Commission had on January 4 come out with the schedule of Assembly elections to be held in five states, including Uttar Pradesh.
  3. The budget this year is slated to be presented in Parliament on February 1, just three days before polls commence in Punjab and Goa.
  4. The Centre has already decided to convene the Budget Session of Parliament from January 31 to present the Budget {Article 112 } for 2017-18 fiscal the very next day.
  5. The PIL has said that the Centre be directed to present the Budget in the financial year 2017-18 which would commence from April 1, instead of the proposed February 1 date.
  6. The central government be restrained from declaring “any relief, programme, financial budget until the states’ elections are over” as they would violate the Model Code of Conduct.
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