Kerala not getting due revenue share from Centre: State Finance Minister Balagopal
Kerala Finance Minister KN Balagopal has said that the state is not getting its revenue share from the Centre.
Kerala Finance Minister KN Balagopal has said that the state is not getting its revenue share from the Centre. While addressing the press conference on Friday Kerala Finance Minister said, "Kerala is facing financial sanctions from the Centre. Kerala is paying around 70 per cent of the revenue to the Centre and less than 30 per cent of the revenue is coming from the centre. There is a sharp disparity and it is discrimination."
"We are giving material goods to the people with the lowest price. The attitude of the Central Government is making a lot of problems for us," he added.
Balagopal further alleged that the United Democratic Front (UDF) MPs are not supporting the state government on this issue against the Centre.
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"We had a bitter experience on the part of UDF MPs in Kerala. UDF has 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha. When Chief Minister met with UDF MPs it was decided that a memorandum will be given to the Union Finance minister and they all agreed. Memorandum was prepared and then UDF and other Congress MPs were reluctant to sign the memorandum and did not go. They went against the interest of the state, this is a very serious issue," he said.
He further said that Congress should stop playing petty politics on this issue and support the state government.
"Very important leaders like Rahul Gandhi an MP from Kerala and Congress are playing pretty politics on the issues of the people of Kerala. Congress people are supporting the BJP government. The people of Kerala are facing difficulties," the state finance minister said.