UP election 2017: Budget should be announced after polling ends, Mayawati urges EC

Lucknow: Seeking strict compliance of the model code of conduct in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati asked the Election Commission to instruct the central government to present the General Budget only after Assembly elections are concluded in five states.

Mayawati. PTI image

BSP chief Mayawati. PTI

"The Election Commission should instruct the central government not to present the Budget on 1 February and just as in 2012, it be presented only after the completion of polling process on 8 March," Mayawati said in a party release issued on Wednesday. "Voters can be influenced through the Budget and free and fair elections can be effected."

The BSP president also asked the EC to maintain a strict eye on rivals BJP, SP and Congress and ensure strict compliance of the model code of conduct, as these parties are "in the habit of flouting the code", saying she experienced this in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls as well.

Welcoming the decision to hold seven-phased elections in UP, Mayawati alleged that the state's police and machinery had been used for political purposes by the Akhilesh Yadav government and there were chances that it could be misused by the caretaker government as well.

To check any misuse of the police and administration by the caretaker government, there is a need to deploy central forces as much as possible and keep a strict eye on the local police, she said.

Mayawati said that her party will contest the Assembly polls in Uttarakhand and Punjab besides Uttar Pradesh on its own.

Updated Date: Jan 04, 2017 17:12 PM

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