UPA govt`s role `disappointing` in curbing price rise: Buddhadeb

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee termed as "disappointing" the UPA government`s role in curbing price rise and asked the Centre to refrain from adopting measures like increasing the prices of petrol and diesel.

Updated: May 16, 2010, 18:07 PM IST

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Sunday termed as "disappointing" the
UPA government`s role in curbing price rise and asked the
Centre to refrain from adopting measures like increasing the
prices of petrol and diesel.

"The Centre`s role is disappointing in tackling the
price rise... It should own responsibility for the hike and
should not go for increasing petrol, diesel prices to generate
more and more revenue," Bhattacharjee told a press conference
here.

He said it was the demand of the states that their share
of central tax revenues should be at least 50 per cent. "But
the Centre is giving only 32 per cent. It is unjust."

Given the greater burden of the states` responsibility
on development expenditure, there should be matching transfer
of revenue from the Centre to states in terms of devolution of
central taxes, he said.

Asked about the ongoing turmoil in the Darjeeling hills
where the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has revived the demand for
Gorkhaland and enforced a 48-hour bandh since yesterday,
Bhattacharjee while rejecting the demand said, "We can stay
united. More economic powers can be given to the Darjeeling
hill areas."

On two people reportedly killed yesterday at Nanoor in
Birbhum district following clashes between CPI(M) and
Trinamool supporters, he said the administration has been
asked to firmly deal with such incidents and stop their
recurrence.

The chief minister also sought co-operation from the
Opposition in this regard.

PTI