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Opposition to keep an eye on sop announcements on Budget day

As the government prepares itself for February 1, the Opposition parties made it clear that they will be closely watching the Budget referring to disruptions if any major annoucement would be made related to the poll-bound states.

BT Online   New Delhi     Last Updated: February 1, 2017  | 09:32 IST
Opposition to keep an eye on sop announcements on Budget day

As the government prepares itself for February 1, the Opposition parties made it clear that they will be closely watching the Budget referring to disruptions if any major annoucement would be made related to the poll-bound states.

While the Prime Minister Modi made an appeal to not to disrupt the House, the Opposition is planning to raise the demonetisation issue once again.

Opposition leaders, which had sought that the budget be postponed in view of the polls to five state assemblies, express apprehensions sops may be announced for the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur even though the Election Commission has barred the government from announcing any new schemes.

On Tuesday, the Indian National Congress also backed the decision of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to boycott the first two days of the Budget Session of Parliament and said that such protests would continue until the Government comes up with a proper clarification.

"The opposition will be united inside the Parliament and outside the Parliament until this government comes up with a clear answer on this decision-making process, which was a very big calamity for the economy and this country," Congress leader P.C. Chacko said.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC), which has been vocal against demonetisation, on Monday decided not to attend the pre-budget all-party meet called by the Centre as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed all party MPs to attend a meeting at her Kalighat residence in Kolkata. Mamata had earlier questioned the February 1 date for the Union Budget.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked for the cooperation for all the parties in the "smooth functioning" of the Parliament. He also mentioned that this is the first time the budget would be tabled in advance on the first day of February.

He said a new beginning is being made, referring to the merger of the railway budget with the annual budget,which would end a nearly century-long practice.


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