Singh further said that the BJP should work as per the direction of the poll panel in order to ensure a fair election process in the poll bound states and would not disturb its functioning, like it did with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) over demonetisation.

The Annual Budget session of Parliament is scheduled to start from today with President Pranab Mukherjee addressing both the Houses of Parliament in the Central Hall of Parliament House.

The Economic Survey will also be tabled later in the day and the Rail Budget will be presented with the General Budget this year on Wednesday.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs had recommended that the Budget session should commence on January 31 and the Union Budget be presented the next day so that the new financial provisions come into force from April 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year.

Last week, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to postpone the Union Budget till the Assembly Elections.

Akhilesh in his letter highlighted the Election Commission’s direction to the Centre over the Union Budget against state-specific schemes and said that in such circumstances no benefits would be provide to Uttar Pradesh which comprise of the largest population of the country.

He further said that this incident would directly influence the development works of Uttar Pradesh.

The Election Commission on January 23, ordered that no state specific schemes shall be announced in national budget in the interest of free and fair elections, adding that in the budget speech the government’s achievements in respect of five poll-bound states will not be highlighted. (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.