Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday approved of the stand taken by his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu over the allegations made by Amit Shah on allocation of funds.
The Congress leader said that the BJP president shows “no understanding of the Constitution” when he claims that the Centre has been releasing adequate funds and accuses the states for not been able to utilise them.
“Shri @AmitShah has no understanding of the Constitution & the division of central taxes bet. centre & states. He keeps lying about Karnataka receiving 2 lakh crores when we got 90k cr. till 2017-18, the first 3 years of 14FC. And he thinks what we got was charity & not our right! [sic]” wrote Siddaramaiah on Twitter while retweeting a tweet by Naidu in which the latter expressed his disappointment with Shah.
Shri @AmitShah has no understanding of the Constitution & the division of central taxes bet. centre & states. He keeps lying about Karnataka receiving 2 lakh crores when we got 90k cr. till 2017-18, the first 3 years of 14FC. And he thinks what we got was charity & not our right! https://t.co/7CteJSPrfn
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) March 25, 2018
Siddaramaiah’s comment comes at a time when the BJP and the Congress leaderships have been attacking each other over a host of issues in poll bound Karnataka.
In a letter dated 23 March, the BJP chief said that Naidu’s claim that the saffron party was not sensitive to the aspirations of the people of Andhra Pradesh is “untrue and baseless”.
Shah said the BJP was committed to the cause of development of Andhra Pradesh but Naidu allowed the mandate earned by the two parties “be squandered for political reasons”.
He said that of the Rs 1,050 crore released by the Centre in the first three years after coming to power as special development assistance, the state used only “12 per cent of this amount and 88 per cent remains unutilised.”
Naidu slammed Shah for spreading “false information which shows their (the BJP’s) attitude”. Shah had alleged that the Andhra Pradesh government failed to utilise the funds released by the Centre for development purposes.
In his response, Naidu stated that his state is the highest contributor to CGST, has robust GDP, is a leading state in the area of agriculture and has many national awards.
He added that had Centre helped, the state would have been able to attract industries.
Even West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee praised Naidu for his point-by-point rebuttal of Shah’s accusations.
“I appreciate that Chandrababu Naidu Ji @ncbn has stated the facts. Very good. There are many so called leaders who spread lies. They make this a habit. They try and bulldoze States and show that they are doing the States a favour by giving funds. This is fake federalism [sic],” wrote Banerjee on Twitter.
Naidu’s party, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), severed its ties with the BJP-led NDA alliance at the Centre and the state on 16 March.