In these days of shaky federalism, states – particularly non-BJP ones - will be looking closely at the budget. The trend thus far should stick to form; politics- for that one day of the Union Budget, takes a back seat, apart from routine disagreements by those in the political opposition.
Yet, one can never be sure, until the Budget papers are laid out on the floor of the Parliament.
``Disagreements between the ruling party at the Centre and the states is by no means new. States have in the past – mostly during the heyday of the Congress rule - protested against allocation of resources to non-Congress parties in a big way,” said Prof Arun Kumar, well-known economist who has spent many years in JNU.
Nonetheless, what tops the states’ concern is how they will adjust to life after the cessation of the GST compensation.