Indian budget on schedule today despite death of sitting MP: Prime Minister's Office

Parliament Photograph:( Getty )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 01, 2017, 03.27 AM (IST)

Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley is expected to present the annual union budget on schedule later on Wednesday despite the death of a sitting member of parliament, a spokesman for the prime minister's office said, Reuters reported.

Doubts were being raised over the presentation of the budget, after the death of former union minister and sitting Member of Parliament E Ahamed.

The parliament typically adjourns for a day after the death of a member, although Indian TV channels cited an earlier incident where the budget presentation had gone ahead in a previous year.

A final decision on the timing of the budget will be taken when political parties and the speaker of the house meet early on Wednesday, officials said, Reuters reported. 

Jaitley is expected to ease back on cutting the deficit and boost spending after growth was hit by the government's demonetisation move. 

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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