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Siddaramaiah leads K’taka Cong protest against Centre at Jantar Mantar

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New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy CM DK Shivakumar arrived at the Jantar Mantar to lead “Dilli Chalo” protest by the Karnataka Congress against the central government’s tax devolution policies here on Wednesday.

Siddramaiah said the main intention of the Congress party is to protect the interest of the state and Kannadigas and expect the central government to listen to their protest.

He alleged that for every Rs 100 given to the Centre, the state gets Rs 13 in return. He also accused the Centre of not divulging facts and figures related to fund allocations for the state.

The contribution of the Centre to Karnataka has depleted significantly, Siddaramaiah alleged.

The Centre is also yet to release funds for flood relief and farmers issues in Karnataka, he said.

Though the Central Committee visited the state, no action has been taken thereafter, CM said.

DyCM Shivakumar alleged that the state is only getting 13 percent of what it is supposed to get, and let the Centre give Gift City to Karnataka too.

“We are asking for our rights, we are getting 13 percent of whatever percentage we are supposed to get. I do not mind if other states get benefits.

“They have given Gift City to Gujarat. Let them give it to us also, the Gift City. Let them give opportunity to Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Maharashtra. India is a united country,” he said.

Karnataka Minister KH Muniyappa said not a single paisa has been released to address the drought situation in Karnataka despite the assurance given by the central government.

“The government of India has sent an expert committee to study the drought situation in Karnataka and has submitted the report. Karnataka CM met the Union Home Minister, and he assured that the money would be released.

“But, till today, the Centre has not released the money. We have made every effort to get the money. This is the last resort. We have to protest,” he said.

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