Assembly polls not to come in way of Union Budget: CEC

V S Sampath

The Election Commission on Friday said the Assembly elections in three states announced today will not have any bearing on the presentation of the Union Budget.

Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath said the government will have to seek its permission before making major announcements when the Model Code of Conduct is in force.

"Actually, model code does not interfere with legislative business. Whatever is in legislature, model code will not interfere with that," he said.

While Assembly election in Tripura will be held on February 14, that in Meghalaya and Nagaland will be held on February 23 and their results will be out on February 28, when the Union Budget is likely to be presented in Parliament.

The CEC said the model code does not interfere with legislative functions and the Election Commission follows its mandate of holding elections before the due date.

"From today, the model code is in operation. If there is any urgency for anyone, they will have to take prior (permission). If there is any matter of national importance, they will have to take prior permission of the Commission," Sampath said.

The CEC was asked if any major announcement, including the Union Budget, will be announced when the model code is in force.

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