Budget on Feb 1,SC Clears Obstacles

Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the plea to change the Budget date from February 1.According to PTI,the Supreme Court dismissed the PIL, filed by ML Sharma, as there was no illustration to support that the presentation of the Budget would influence voters’ mind in state elections.The PIL had said that the Centre be directed to present the Budget in the financial year 2017-18 which would commence from 1 April, instead of the proposed 1 February date. It has also said 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 ConductThe states that go for election during the period are Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab and Goa.It has also said 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.The Election Commission had on 4 January come out with the schedule of Assembly elections to be held in the five states, including Uttar Pradesh.