Budget date too close to polls, oppn. to knock EC’s door

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Jan. 5 : A united opposition will visit the office of the Election Commission on Thursday to discuss about the date of the Budget Session.

"Trinamool,Congress,SP,BSP,JDU,RJD (and) some other Oppn parties to meet Election Commission 11am. Subject : budget date too close to polls," O'Brien tweeted. "Three from Trinamool to be part of Oppn party delegation to meet Election Commissioner in Delhi: Derek O'Brien, Dinesh Trivedi, Saugato Roy," he added.

The Budget Session of the Parliament will begin from February 1. The session is being advanced as the government wants early allocation of funds for various schemes-- from April 1, the beginning of the financial year.

The Election Commission yesterday announced seven-phase polling for 403 assembly constituencies in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, two-phase polling in Manipur and one-phase polling each in the states of Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa respectively.

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said that the counting of votes in all the five states will take place on March 11.

Source: ANI