EC Bars Schemes For Poll-Bound States In Union Budget


New Delhi: No specific schemes can be announced in the union budget for the five states where assembly elections are due this year, the Election Commission has said. The Commission said, “in the interest of free and fair elections” and to maintain “level playing field during elections”, no state specific schemes should be announced in the national budget, which may influence the voters in the five poll-bound states “in favour of the ruling party”.

The Commission also said that it should be ensured that in the Budget speech, “the government’s achievements in respect of the five states will also not be highlighted in any manner”.

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The top election body’s comments came in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling earlier today that that the budget will be held on February 1. The order came in response to a petition that sought that the budget be pushed back in view of the assembly elections in five states.