Budget 2017: EC bars govt from announcing schemes for poll-bound states

Latest News – The Election Commission tonight gave its nod to the Centre to present the Union Budget on February 1 ahead of the Assembly polls, but said no schemes related to these poll-bound states can be announced and the Finance Minister’s speech should not refer to the government’s achievements in these states.
It also reminded the government of a 2009 advisory which said vote-on-account instead of a full fledged budget is presented ahead of elections as per convention.
“The Commission hereby directs that in the interest of free and fair elections and in order to maintain level playing field… No state-specific schemes shall be announced which may have the effect of (Read More)

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