Nothing unconstitutional about presenting a full fledged Budget, says BJP MP Swamy

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New Delhi, Jan 30 : A day ahead of beginning of Budget session of Parliament, a section of BJP still insists that the Narendra Modi government will be within its 'rights' to present a full fledged Budget - a claim strongly being opposed by the Opposition parties including Congress.

"There is absolutely nothing unconstitutional about it," senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy told UNI here.

He said, "some people took my suggestion, legal opinion and I told them if the government wants, there is nothing unconstitutional about it".

The remarks from the BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member is significant as even earlier the party sources have indicated that a section of the party is not against presenting "a full fledged budget".

The opposition Congress and other parties have opposed such a move.

Traditionally, in an election year, the outgoing government presents only an interim budget or what is also often called as vote on account, although several governments, including the United Progressive Alliance in 2009, did not shy away from making policy pronouncements.

The Congress party has said said this was a “violation of conventions” and that it would challenge any such move on “the floor of the House”.

Dr Swamy, however, agreed there was a 'convention' that an outgoing regime presents only an interim budget.

"But there is nothing unconstitutional of having a full fledged Budget because it is being done or will be done by an elected government which has overwhelming majority in the Lok Sabha," he said.

Recently, former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha has said that presenting such a full fledged Budget by the outgoing government will be "unconstitutional".

Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari said that if the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) were to present a full union budget, the party would “challenge it on the floor of the house in Parliament.”

Mr Tewari has said: “If the reports which are appearing in the public space are correct that on the 1st of February 2019 the NDA-BJP government is planning to present a full-fledged Union Budget then it would be a flagrant violation of all parliamentary conventions, procedures and traditions which have been followed over the past seven decades ever since the Constitution of India came into effect". (UNI)