Why was the Union Budget presented in the Lok Sabha (lower house) instead of the Rajya Sabha (upper house)?

Recently The Union Budget of India for 2021–2022 was presented by the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman on 1 February 2021.


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    Was there something unusual about this case? Or are you asking more generally why budgets are presented in the Lok Sabha?
    – divibisan
    Feb 2, 2021 at 16:23

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Conventionally, in India, the directly-elected lower house is more powerful in a lot of matters than the indirectly elected upper house. One such case is the passing of money bills.

The Union budget is a money bill and by law, money bills can only be introduced in the lower house. The upper house can make amendments, but they cannot discard the bill. The amendments too are non-binding on the lower house.

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