As Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Interim Budget 2024 today (1 February), marking the final fiscal plan in the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.
Political reactions with respect to the budget started pouring in from across the party lines.
Amid this development, Congress Member of Parliament D K Suresh raised a controversy over the 'alleged' allocation of taxes from south India to north Indian states, alleging an imbalance that he believes is leading to injustice.
Suresh went on to express the fear that if this issue is not addressed promptly, it could escalate to the point where the demand for a separate nation becomes inevitable.
"We are witnessing our funds and taxes being directed to north Indian states. There is injustice to us. If we don't condemn it now, we may be forced to seek a separate country; that situation may come. Hindi states are trying to run over us," said D K Suresh.
While the debate over regional disparities is not new, the starkness of Suresh's statement adds a new dimension to the overall political discourse.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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