Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Singh responded to criticism leveled by the opposition BJP in the context of accusations against him on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) subsidy issue. The central government on Tuesday distributed Rs 86,912 crore of GST subsidy to states. Of this, Maharashtra has the largest share at Rs 14,145 crore. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had recently claimed that the state was Rs 26.5 billion in arrears. According to this, the state’s arrears of Rs 12,000 crore are still with the Centre. The Center has claimed that all compensation has been distributed among the states.
While the accusations are refuted based on data released by the Center, the state’s deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar, also reacted to this issue, saying that 50 percent of the money is still in the Center. On this, BJP Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar criticized the Thackeray government. The Deputy Chief Minister has now responded to this criticism.
“Yesterday, Rs 14,150 crore of GST was received from the Center. There is still Rs 15,000 crore left. We are also trying to get it,” Ajit Pawar said while speaking to reporters in Pune on Wednesday. Acting ministers in the state also said their discontent over this issue.Speaking in this context,has only Maharashtra GST been stopped?Did you see chief ministers of other states crying?
Ajit Pawar was questioned, citing Mungantiwar’s criticism that the Thackeray government was crying. Responding to that, Ajit Pawar said in an angry tone, “When did I cry? Did I ever get tears in my eyes?” He asked such a question. Further speaking, I didn’t cry even though the money didn’t come for two years. Ajit Pawar also said that it is not about crying but about remembering the facts. There was a problem in the functioning of the state government for two years and there was also a problem in the center. It must be understood that everyone is facing financial difficulties, said Ajit Pawar.