New Delhi: The government is likely to re-schedule the Budget session of Parliament and close later than planned, to accommodate the approaching assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh (UP). According to the original schedule, the session commences on 23 February and concludes on 22 May, with a 27-day recess from 21 March to 17 April.
But changes are likely in this schedule so as to make time for UP elections, which will be held in seven phases starting 7 April and end with counting of votes on 11 May.
Briefing reporters after the customary all-party meeting before Budget session, Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee said, “We have to consider what to do in view of the poll announcement of UP. Naturally, many leaders will like to go there to campaign. We shall discuss this on 26 February at the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee.” Expectations are that the second half of the Budget session, which starts on 11 April, may be delayed.
With the Election Commission’s model code of conduct kicking in once poll dates are announced, the government will at least have to refrain from making any announcements related to Uttar Pradesh in the coming session.
Any plans to juggle session dates may also not go down well with political parties that have opposed the Congress Party’s plans to topple the Mulayam Singh government in the state.