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Budget 2017: Budget to be presented at 11 am as planned, speculation ends

It is being reported that a section of the opposition wants the budget to be shifted to a later date, preferably Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 1, 2017 10:49:18 am
budget 2017, union budget 2017, arun jaitley, e ahamed, e ahamed death, IUML MP e ahamed, narendra modi, sumitra mahajan Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian (L), Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das (2nd L) at North Block in New Delhi on Monday (PTI Photo by Vijay Verma)

The intense speculation over whether the budget will be presented today after the death of former union minister E Ahamed has come to an end. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has given her nod to the budget, news agency ANI reported.

“We have to keep in mind that budget is a constitutional obligation. It will have to be presented,” Mahajan was quoted saying.

There were reports doing the rounds that the budget may be deferred by a day after sections of the opposition, led by the Congress, demanded so. Ahamed, the IUML MP from Malappuram in Kerala, passed away at 2:15 am at the RML hospital in Delhi earlier today. He had fainted during President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the joint session of Parliament and was admitted to the hospital.

Parliamentary sources had told The Indian Express that there was no rule prohibiting the House from functioning due to the death of a sitting MP. It is only a convention, sources said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes to Ahamed at his residence.

WATCH VIDEO | Former Union Minister MP E Ahamed Passes Away

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