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Jaya criticises UPA govt

[Gulf Times, Sunday, 23 October 2011 09:09 No Comment]

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha yesterday accused the central government of penalising non-Congress-ruled states.

“The central government seems to be hell-bent on penalising non-Congress governments. This government at the centre does not seem to understand that the people living in the states under non-Congress governments are as much citizens of India as those in the states where the Congress Party is in power,” Jayalalitha said at the 56th National Development Council (NDC) meeting here.

“I am not sure that the government of India recognises the states as partners, leave alone equal partners,” she said.

“No response” is the customary response of the central government to all requests made by Tamil Nadu, she said.

Jayalalitha charged Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government with reducing these states to the level of “glorified municipal corporations.”

Funds for the central government’s various social programmes should be routed through the state government instead of giving them directly to the implementation agencies, she said.

“I am afraid that no useful purpose is going to be served by convening this National Development Council Meeting,” Jayalalitha said.

Several measures proposed by the UPA like the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2011 are “fascist and anti-democratic in nature”, Jayalalitha said.

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