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    Sitharaman counters Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s ‘hunky dory’ jab in GST dues dispute | ActionPunjab

    ACTION PUNJAB NEWS Desk: In a heated exchange during a parliamentary debate on the ‘financial viability of states/union territories,’ Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury clashed over allegations of discrimination against non-BJP state governments, particularly in south India, regarding GST compensation and financial allocations.

    Chowdhury accused the BJP of depriving opposition-ruled states of their financial dues, highlighting Karnataka’s recent protests over alleged discriminatory treatment in the 2024 Interim Budget. Sitharaman vehemently countered, explaining the automatic allocation process based on Finance Commission recommendations, dismissing the claims as a ‘politically-vitiated narrative’ spread by ‘vested interest groups.’

    Sitharaman clarified the division of GST components – SGST, IGST, and CGST – emphasising adherence to Finance Commission recommendations. She refuted any discretionary power, stating, “I don’t have the right to change allocations as per my whims and fancies… I have to follow 100 per cent the Finance Commission recommendations.”

    Expressing exasperation, Sitharaman dismissed claims of discrimination, challenging Chowdhury’s narrative. She emphasised that any discrepancies lie within the rulebook and urged him to consult the Finance Commission for clarification, concluding with a namaste.

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    Key Points:

    1. Sitharaman and Chowdhury clashed over alleged discrimination in financial allocations against opposition-ruled states during a parliamentary debate.
    2. Karnataka’s recent protests over perceived discriminatory treatment in the 2024 Interim Budget triggered the exchange.
    3. Sitharaman defended the automatic allocation process based on Finance Commission recommendations, refuting claims of discretionary power.
    4. The Finance Minister dismissed the allegations as a “politically-vitiated narrative” spread by “vested interest groups.”
    5. Sitharaman emphasised adherence to the rulebook, refuting claims of discrimination and challenging Chowdhury to consult the Finance Commission for clarification.
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      (Inputs from agencies)

    Author: actionpunjab

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