The forthcoming Lok Sabha and State assembly elections may come in handy for the Narendra Modi Government to buy more time to consider shifting the date of start of the phase-out of several export promotion schemes which are perceived to offer subsidies and hence “noncompliant” with the World Trade Organisation `(WTO) Rules. The date of withdrawing these schemes is to begin on December 31, 2018. But it may be delayed with US President Donald Trump administration’s resistance to name judges to the panel under WTO that is to resolve the New Delhi – Washington row over subsidies. As a result, the number of judges in the panel has shrunk from seven to four and if the deadlock continues, the number will fall further and the trade body will be reduced to a position where it could be short of quorum.