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Four Reasons Why The Budget Must Be Presented On 1st February

Every Government has its unique style and pace of functioning and the present Government has always rolled out schemes with immense speed. Many Babus in the Lutyen’s Corridors and Netas of the Modi Government have one longstanding complaint; they can’t keep up with this 66 year old Pradhaan Sevak.

While other Prime Ministers of India have walked the path of development, PM Modi accelerates on his roller skates. And it is very hard for the system to keep up with his pace.

Gone are the days when bureaucrats had the liberty to harass you with slow-moving files; gone are the days when any Government related scheme was looked down upon as substandard; and above all, gone are the days when the Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha are termed least productive. This Modi Sarkaar has always set the bar high, even in comparison with its own functioning.

Now, coming to the Budget Presentation on the 1st of February 2016, the Modi Government is adamant on presenting it as planned. But opposition parties are making a hue and cry, rushing to the doorsteps of the Election Commission.

True to the merit of the complaint raised by opposition parties, presenting this budget ahead of the Assembly Elections in five States will alter the minds of the voter. But personally, I feel that the Election Commission has to take various scenarios into consideration before taking a decision on this.

  • The Demons Of Demonetisation:

In India, the Congress had been in power in the centre for nearly 60 years. They are probably the only party which has led India through many difficult situations. But surprisingly, this party never really bothered to check the demons created by the “Parallel Economy”. Demonetisation and Remonetisation, the very idea suggested by them 2012, was finally implemented by the Modi Government.

Truth be told, the Modi Government has lost quite a bit of popular support due to this move. Hence, just for the merit of taking this tough decision, the Modi Government should be given the autonomy to inform the average voter as to how it plans to spend the 15 Trillion Rupees which has been re-fed into the Banking System.

  • Winter Washout

All opposition parties which have gone into a huddle to the Election Commission must rewind their clocks to a month back in time. Why did they let the precious Winter Session from being washed out? They could have cornered the Modi Government in the assembly and asked the “Earthquake-Raising” questions that Rahul Gandhi had in mind.

The united Opposition Parties have lost face in front of all their voters for openly supporting corruption; and it is for this very reason that there is no merit in their complaint.

  • No Precedence:

In India, if one goes by the current scenario, elections are scheduled (Panchayat, Muncipal, Assembly, or Bye) at least once every six months. Has there been no such precedence in the past where a ruling Government has presented its budget before elections?

Even in 2014, the Congress was allowed to present its interim budget where P Chidambaram in his capacity as the Finance Minister made tall proposals, such as waving all farmer loans and allocating thousands of Crores to the Food Security Bill.

  • Election Pattern

In the 2014 Lok Sabha Election, all 7 seats were bagged by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with a clear majority. The subsequent assembly election, which was held in 2015, was dominated by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with 67 seats in their bag, reducing BJP to 3 seats.

In States like West Bengal and Tamil Nadu the voting pattern is again different. Both states were dominated by regional parties, Trimanool Congress (TMC) and All Indian Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), in both Lok Sabha and their respective Assembly Elections.

Whatever be the case, the voting pattern is never the same in Assembly and Lok Sabha Elections.

Considering all the above scenarios, the Election Commission should show leniency towards the BJP Government and allow them to go ahead and present their budget on 1st February 2016 as planned.

Otherwise, the situation is not going to change much. BJP is already scheduled to win Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Uttarakhand comfortably.

Should the Election Commission adopt a stern measure, there will be only one loser – India!

PS: Please reach out to me for comments and feedback

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