Bardhan hits back at Sonia`s statement

The CPI said that Cong prez Sonia Gandhi`s reported statement that West Bengal was among the most backward states was an `insult` to the people of the state and blamed Cong-led govt at the Centre for price rise and corruption.

Kolkata: The CPI on Friday said that Congress
president Sonia Gandhi`s reported statement that West Bengal
was among the most backward states was an `insult` to the
people of the state and blamed Congress-led government at the
Centre for price rise and corruption.

"Sonia Gandhi`s statement is an insult to the people of
the state. Is West Bengal more backward than some of the other
states of the country?" CPI general secretary AB Bardhan
said at a `Meet-the-Press` programme here.

Without naming AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, he
said, "Another younger gentleman says that Centre has given
huge funds to the state. But does the money belong to the
Centre? Is it from anybody`s personal money going to the
states?"

He said while the Centre is the main collector of taxes
from the state, Finance Commission distributes the funds in
the revenues to the states based on certain principles.

Blaming the economic policies framed by Union Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee as being responsible for the price
rise, he said the `tremendous` corruption seen in the country
was also a fallout of the government`s economic policies.

"As a result of these policies, some at the top are
among the richest in the world, but those at the bottom are as
low as those in some of the poorest African countries," he
said, adding that the government had forgone huge revenues by
giving sops to corporates.

The government has also lost Rs 1.76 lakh crore in the
2G spectrum scam, he said.

Stating that neither Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee, nor any of her party MPs have raised their voices
against rising prices, corruption and the Centre`s taxation
policies, Bardhan said, "can the situation in West Bengal
improve unless the Centre changes its policies?"

PTI

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