Monday, November 29, 1999

``UPA govt``s role disappointing in curbing price rise``

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Kolkata, May 16 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today termed as "disappointing" the UPA government''s role in curbing price rise and asked the Centre to refrain from adopting measures like increasing the prices of petrol and diesel. "The Centre''s role is disappointing in tackling the price rise.It should own responsibility for the hike and should not go for increasing petrol, diesel prices to generate more and more revenue," Bhattacharjee told a press conference here. He said it was the demand of the states that their share of central tax revenues should be at least 50 per cent. "But the Centre is giving only 32 per cent. It is unjust." Given the greater burden of the states'' responsibility on development expenditure, there should be matching transfer of revenue from the Centre to states in terms of devolution of central taxes, he said. Asked about the on-going turmoil in the Darjeeling hills where the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has revived the demand for Gorkhaland and enforced a 48-hour bandh since yesterday, Bhattacharjee while rejecting the demand said, "We can stay united. More economic powers can be given to the Darjeeling hill areas." On two people reportedly killed yesterday at Nanoor in Birbhum district following clashes between CPI(M) and Trinamool supporters, he said the administration has been asked to firmly deal with such incidents and stop their recurrence. The chief minister also sought co-operation from the Opposition in this regard.

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