There is nothing called ‘Interim Budget’, MoS Vijay Goel tells all party meet: Kharge counters

There is nothing called ‘Interim Budget’, MoS Vijay Goel tells all party meet: Kharge counters

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New Delhi, Jan 30 : Contrary to assertion made by the Finance Ministry sources that 'an interim' Budget will be presented in Parliament on February 1, the Union MoS Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel on Wednesday told the all-party meeting that there is nothing called 'interim Budget or Vote on Account'.

Sources in the all party meeting told UNI that the issue figured at the 'fag end' of the meeting.

"The remarks came from Mr Vijay Goel in concluding part of the meeting and he surprised some of us saying there is a constitutional provisions of a Budget and that there is nothing called interim Budget or Vote on account," the source said.

Sources further maintained that immediately, Mr Goel was countered by Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge.

"Mr Kharge countered Mr Goel of course in a soft voice.....if government comes with a full fledged budget, then the Congress party will oppose it," the source said.

Mr Kharge, according to sources, also turned towards Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who convened the customary all party meeting on the eve of the Budget session beginning on Thursday, and said: "Madam, if we oppose, then you should not get angry".

Surprisingly, no other participant at the meeting said anything about it.

Earlier in the day, the Finance Ministry sources said the the February 1 Budget would be only “Interim Budget 2019-20”.

“This Budget will be called Interim Budget 2019-20,” official sources said here refuting some media reports which indicated that it would be a General Budget.

A day ahead of beginning of Budget session of Parliament, a section of BJP still insisted that the Narendra Modi government will be within its 'right' 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 and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy said.