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Assembly polls: EC asks govt not to announce state-specific schemes in budget

Assembly polls: EC asks govt not to announce state-specific schemes in budget

India Blooms News Service | | 24 Jan 2017, 09:54 am
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IBNS): Keeping the upcoming Assembly polls in several Indian states in mind, the Election Commission on Monday asked the government not to announce any state-specific schemes in the budget.

In a letter to the government, the  Commission said: "The Commission hereby directs that in the interest of free and fair elections and in order to maintain level playing field during election, no State specific  schemes shall be announced in the National Budget which may have the effect of influencing the electors of the five poll going States in favour of the ruling party (ies)."

Polling will be held  Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur from Feb 4 to Mar 8 to elect a new Assemblies.

The verdict of the polls will be announced on Mar 11.

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Centre could present the budget on Feb 1.