Union Budget 2018 holds special significance as this will be the first budget post the implementation of Goods and Services Tax. It will also be important as this is likely to be the last full budget of PM Modi Government before General Elections 2019. To analyse and decode the Budget this year, CNN-News18 and News18 India will bring comprehensive coverage of the same on February 1 with programming titled ‘Budget Before Ballot - Eye on 2019’ and ‘2019 Wala Budget’ respectively.
Commencing at 8AM in the morning, this special coverage will conclude a series of pre-budget shows that captured the expectations of and suggestions from viewers. In addition to the live telecast of the Budget speech on both the channels, the programming led by channels’ editorial team, i.e., Bhupendra Chaubey on CNN-News18 and Kishore Ajwani and Sumit Awasthi on News18 India will analyse the implications and likely impact of the same in detail. Apart from the channel’s anchors and reporters, a power packed panel of top experts and renowned economists will also be a part of the channel’s programming and help in articulating key takeaways for the viewers.