Finance Minister Dismisses Claims of Bias
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