Clash Between Sitharaman and Chowdhury over Karnataka Funds Allocation

Karnataka Funds Allocation
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Finance Minister Dismisses Claims of Bias

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury engaged in a heated exchange in the Lok Sabha over the allocation of funds to Karnataka and other non-BJP ruled states.

Sitharaman Refutes Discrimination Allegations

During the Question Hour, Chowdhury alleged discrimination in fund devolution to Congress-ruled Karnataka, prompting Sitharaman to label it a “politically-vitiated narrative” fueled by vested interests.

Sitharaman Stresses Adherence to Finance Commission Recommendations

Sitharaman asserted that funds are allocated based on the Finance Commission’s recommendations, rejecting the notion that any bias against non-BJP states exists. She emphasized the system’s integrity and her adherence to established rules.

Congress Leader Questions Legitimate Due to States

Chowdhury raised concerns about non-BJP states not receiving their “legitimate due,” questioning the change in dynamics since the installation of a new government.

Sitharaman Counters Allegations, Urges Introspection

In response, Sitharaman challenged the Congress leader, stating that until six months ago, everything was “hunky dory.” She urged introspection on the state’s expenditure choices and cautioned against blaming the Centre for financial troubles.

Finance Minister Stands Firm on Finance Commission Guidelines

Sitharaman’s firm stance reiterated that no Finance Minister could manipulate funds against a state based on personal preferences. She emphasized the adherence to Finance Commission guidelines and urged states to evaluate their expenditures responsibly.

Re-reported from the article originally published in The Hindu

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