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MP Congress rejects BJP charge of discrimination

india Updated: Nov 22, 2008 15:33 IST

The Congress in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday dismissed as "baseless and fictitious," the ruling BJP's charge that the UPA Government at the Centre was giving a step-motherly treatment to the state.

State Congress President Suresh Pachouri told PTI that BJP advertisements published in today's newspapers wrongly charged the Centre with discrimination against Madhya Pradesh.

He said both the Chief Minister and State BJP President Narendra Singh Tomar, an ex-Minister, were aware of the facts about Central funds but still trying to mislead the people.

The Congress leader said according to state government's own figures, Madhya Pradesh, during 2007-08, had received twice the Central fund than in 2003-04.

Pachouri said although Madhya Pradesh was getting more funds under the Congress-led UPA, the Chief Minister and the State BJP were deliberating distorting facts.

The Union Government had given much more funds to Madhya Pradesh under Centrally-sponsored schemes in the last five years than during 1999-2003 (when BJP-led NDA was in power), he said.