Bengal Assembly passes motion against Centre's 'discrimination'

The West Bengal Assembly today  passed a motion against Centre\'s alleged discrimination  towards the state government even as opposition Congress, BJP  and Left Front slammed the move terming it as a \'hypocrisy\' on  part of the state government. 

Published: 30th August 2016 06:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th August 2016 06:33 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

KOLKATA: The West Bengal Assembly today  passed a motion against Centre's alleged discrimination  towards the state government even as opposition Congress, BJP  and Left Front slammed the move terming it as a 'hypocrisy' on  part of the state government. 

The motion was moved under the rule 185 by state  Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee.             

"It is a matter of grave concern that in federal  structure the Centre is not allocating funds for various  development projects. The Centre is depriving the state of  funds that are rights of the state. The attitude of the Centre  is thus against the norms of the federal structure and we  strongly oppose it," Chatterjee said.   

He demanded that the central government sanction the  funds that are required for various development projects and  take steps to waive the huge debt burden of the state.            

State Finance Minister Amit Mitra listed the number of  projects, where the state is not receiving funds from the  Centre.     

Incidentally, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee  was not present during the discussions on the motion.   

Opposition Left Front and Congress spoke against the  motion and said the government was taking a dual-faced  approach on this discussion.          

"The state is pursuing a dual-faced attitude towards it.  Firstly, Why is Chief Minister herself absent during the  discussion on the motion? The reason is CM doesn't want to  speak a word against Modi government and it would make  newspaper headlines tomorrow, she wants to be in the good  books of Modi and BJP," Mannan told reporters. 

"Secondly why didn't they bring such motion in Parliament  in Lok Sabha, because they don't have the guts to say anything  against the BJP in front of Narendra Modi. That is why we  opposed it," Mannan added. 

Senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty said that the Left  opposed the move because the state was pursuing the same  attitude towards the opposition-controlled municipalities in  the state. 

The BJP also opposed the motion by claiming that the  premise that Centre is crushing the federal structure, is far  from the truth.   

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