The government leaders of the respective states are making hateful comments saying that they are demanding crores from the Center in the matter of funds, and the situation is becoming tense. If it expands gradually the consequences will be different.
DK Suresh: If the server is our son, he gets the lion's share of the ball wherever he sits. There is a man named Now, if it is true in the case of the northern states, the southern states, especially Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, are alleging that it is a lie in our case. The Center is being criticized for being negligent in collecting taxes honestly and returning them. As a part of this, DK Suresh, the brother of Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, himself made comments in the Parliament that the country should be divided and the southern states should be declared as a separate country. This led to a large-scale discussion across the country. The Congress party also expressed regret over Suresh's comments. It is clear that their policy is not to divide. However, it is remarkable that the leaders of the Karnataka state government staged a dharna in Delhi. Tamil Nadu ruling party leaders staged a protest in Delhi in support of Karnataka government leaders. It seems that Kerala is also likely to stage a dharna later. On the other hand, AP Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy also announced in the assembly that the funds due to his state are not getting. KCR also expressed the same opinion when he was the Chief Minister. Not only these current developments but past events also prove that injustice is being done to the southern states. The people here have given signs that the dissatisfaction with the Center is increasing. The government leaders of the respective states are making hateful comments saying that they are demanding crores from the Center in the matter of funds, and the situation is becoming tense. If it expands gradually the consequences will be different.
Such voices of dissent should not see the light of day, i.e. the Center should ensure that there is no disparity in the distribution of taxes. Kannada Congress leaders are alleging that while they are paying rupees as taxes to the Centre, we are getting only 15 paise from the Centre, and they are giving two rupees to the state of Uttar Pradesh, which is leading to a new debate among the people. At a time like this, it is the central government's responsibility to ensure that protest voices do not rise to this level. According to the reports, it is clear that there is a huge difference in the allocation of the taxes collected from the southern states. So far, revenue distribution to all states was done as per the instructions of the 14th Finance Commission. Henceforth the distribution of income will be based on the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission. The 14th Finance Commission carried out the distribution of sources of income as per the 1971 census. Now it seems that the 15th Finance Commission will distribute the income according to the 2001 census. If this is true then the southern states will suffer badly. In the early days of independence, it was the southern states that adopted strict policies regarding population control. But that population control has now become the bane of southern states, say economists. The people of northern states did not follow proper population control and it has now become their profit.
In the background of such special circumstances, there are increasing demands that the Center should play a bigger role and ensure that all regions get equal funds. Otherwise, economic experts warn that there is a danger that the boom born in the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will spread to other areas as well. Southern states are borrowing for infrastructure development in their regions. But the northern states are getting these funds from the center in the form of grants. The Center's imposition of a limit on the borrowing of southern states has opened up a new controversy. On the other hand, statistics show that the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu do not have records of the Center sanctioning a single project with 100 percent sincerity. Until then why recently Food Corporation of India has announced to build 12 warehouses in 12 states. But there is not a single southern state in that list. The first batch of nine states selected by the Center for construction of warehouses also belong to the northern region. Now, in the background of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states fighting, the above issues are coming to the discussion. For example, the National Highway Authority of India is imposing a strict condition that the national highways should be developed in the state of Andhra Pradesh. There are allegations that no regulations have been imposed on the national highway being developed around the Somnath field in Gujarat. Not only the funds but also the controversy of reduction of Lok Sabha seats is causing the discussion that the center is discriminating against the southern states. And in the context of the current parliamentary elections, the question arises as to how the BJP can correct this.