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Youth Cong stages protest against Budget presentation on Feb 1

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Youth activists today tried to stage a march towards Commission's office in central to protest the government's decision to present the Union Budget on February 1, three days ahead of voting in and

They began their march from their party office but were detained by police before they could reach the EC's office.

The activists charged that the move to present the budget just days ahead of voting in five states was aimed at benefiting the ruling in the states going to polls.

"It's a misuse of power by to influence the upcoming assembly elections by presenting the Union Budget before its scheduled date," Youth chief Amit Malik alleged.

"Democracy in will remain only for namesake if decisions continue to be take for political interests and not for the people," Malik said.

Presenting the budget ahead of its scheduled date will "hamper" fair electioneering in the five states - Punjab, Goa, Manipur Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand, he added.

The BJP-led Union has advanced the date for presenting the budget, saying it will help in formulating policies and streamline the disbursement of funds to agencies.

has suggested that no announcements specific to five poll-bound states will be made in the Union budget.

Polling begins in and on February 4, and ends on March 8 when polling will be held in Uttarakhand. Results will come out on March 11.

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First Published: Fri, January 06 2017. 20:07 IST