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Gadkari challenges Cong to debate on Uttarakhand

January 24, 2012 13:39 IST

Criticising the United Progressive Alliance government for creating disparity between states ruled by the National Democratic Alliance and others, Bharatiya Janata Party chief Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said that the Centre must understand the reality of federal structure of the country.

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"In a discriminatory move, the Centre has curtailed the industrial package for the BJP-ruled states -- Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh -- but continued all its tax incentives for Jammu and Kashmir," Gadkari said in Dehradun.

"Why such discrimination? They must and should explain why the package was withdrawn," the BJP president said.

"The Vajpayee government gave the package to Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir for ten years till 2013. This was a commitment by a government at the Centre and not by a party. The package should have been continued," he said.

The main feature of the industrial package comprising cent per cent excise rebate was discontinued on March 31, 2010, "under pressure" from non-BJP ruled states.

When pointed out that only the excise rebate has been withdrawn from the package, Gadkari said, "I challenge Congress leaders to hold a discussion on the issue. This package was withdrawn mainly due to vindictive attitude of the UPA government."

The BJP will fight for the restoration of the industrial package, the BJP leader said, adding some of the party's national leaders have already met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for the extension of the industrial package that ushered industrialisation and created new jobs in the hill state.

On the demand of Congress for taking strong action against from Uttarakhand Chief Minister Nishank Pokhriyal in alleged Mahakumbh scandal, Gadkari said no inquiry or court has found these allegations as correct and that they were "baseless".

"Congress should tell us as to what action they have so far taken against Sushil Kumar Shinde and Vilasrao Deshmukh in Adarsh scam, Sheila Dikshit in Commonwealth Games scam or S M Krishna on the basis of Lokayukta report in Karnataka," he said.

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