The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday called the Chief Minister’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “gyan baato” session and demanded the Center clear its debts to the West Bengal government.
Mamata Banerjee’s party also criticized PM Modi over comments that opposition -ruled states should reduce VAT in the “national interest”.
Given higher fuel prices in many opposition -dominated states, Modi on Wednesday urged them to reduce VAT to benefit ordinary people and work in the spirit of “cooperative federalism in this time of global crisis”.
PM Modi said many states did not comply with the Center’s call to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel after his government reduced excise duties on them last November.
He called it an “injustice” to the people and also dangerous for the neighboring state.
“Mr @narendramodi, we would like to draw your attention to an important number that you may have missed in today’s ‘gyaan baato’ session. The Government of India owes the Government of West Bengal ₹ 97,807.91 Cr!” Careful to elaborate on this? Any plans to clear our fees? Let us make the Prime Minister aware on this important day …, “the party said in a tweet.
Mr. @narendramodiwe would like to draw your attention to the key numbers you may have missed in today’s ‘gyaan baato’ session 👇
The Government of India owes the Government of West Bengal 97807.91 Cr!
Want to clarify this? Any plans to clear our fees?
– All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) 27 April 2022
Another tweet from the party listed what the West Bengal government has done to ease the burden on the masses.
“GoI owes GoWB ₹ 97,807.91 Cr. GoWB has provided a rebate of ₹ 1/ltr for Petrol & Diesel since February 2021, to reduce the burden on the public. GoWB has waived ₹ 400 Cr road tax on vehicles,” he said.
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