`No step-motherly treatment to non-Congress ruled states`

Last Updated: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 16:58

Chennai: The Congress on Friday dismissed Chief
Minister Jayalalithaa`s allegation that the Centre was
adopting `step-motherly treatment` to non-Congress ruled
states like Tamil Nadu.

"There is no truth in Jayalalithaa`s allegation that the
Centre was adopting one yardstick for states ruled by Congress
and its allies and another for non-Congress ruled states,"
TNCC President BS Gnanadesikan`s said.

The Centre treated all states on par and it was the duty
of the state governments to use central funds effectively and
efficiently, he said.

On the state government increasing milk prices and bus
fares, he demanded the hike be withdrawn immediately.

While announcing an increase in milk prices and bus fares
yesterday, Jayalalithaa had claimed that her government had no
other option but to announce the hikes as Centre was non-
receptive to the state`s demand for a special financial
package.

She had also charged the Centre with meting out
"step-motherly treatment" to non-Congress ruled states and
neglecting them.

Gnanadesikan, who called on Congress president Sonia
Gandhi at her residence today after being appointed TNCC
chief, said she had directed him to seek everybody`s
cooperation and strengthen the party at the grassroots.

She assured AICC`s full support in this regard, he added.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 16:56

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