Chandigarh: Congress on Wednesday rejected BJP`s
charge that the Centre was discriminating against states ruled
by non-Congress governments, saying maximum fund transfers and
tax allocation to all the states took place under the UPA.
"The total money transferred to all the states during
last six year grew by 300 per cent to Rs 4.41 lakh crore
against transfer of just Rs 1.82 lakh crore in 2003-04 of NDA
regime," Congress spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters here.
He was reacting to Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha
Arun Jaitley`s charge that every opposition ruled state has
been complaining of discrimination.
The BJP leader was raising in the Upper House the
issue of the IT department order of February 17 to Gujarat
which sought details of MoUs signed between the state and
private entrepreneurs who attended the Vibrant Gujarat Summit
Tewari said tax devolution to states in 2007-08 when
UPA was in power stood at Rs 1.51 lakh crore while the figure
was Rs 65,784 crore in 2003-04 when NDA was in power.
Comparing the food grain MSPs, Tiwari said, "During
1998-2004, Atal Bihari Vajpayee government raised MSP measly
by Rs 30 a quintal but in 2004 till 2011, the UPA government
increased MSP by Rs 450 to 550 per quintal for the benefit of
"Had there been any discrimination against states,
then the data presented here would have given another
picture," he said.
Tewari accused the Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab and
BJP in Gujarat of putting the states in a debt trap by
adopting poor economic policies.
"The policy of SAD and BJP is to just borrow and spend
and then leave the states with unsustainable debt," he said.