Centre spending taxpayers' money to waive loans of super rich: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday weighed in on the freebie debate and raised doubts over the Central government's finances while questioning its policies.

Kejriwal said that taxpayers' money is for the public, and not for the politicians to write off loans of their friends.

"Had these people not waived loans worth Rs 10 lakh crore for their friends, the Central government wouldn't have had to impose tax on milk, curd or stop pensions of our soldiers. These people are waiving lakhs of crores of loans for their rich friends and taxing the poor," Kejriwal said in a press briefing on Thursday.

"These people spend public money on their friends, while we give it to the underprivileged 'Aam Aadmi'. If all the government money is spent on a few people, how will the country progress," he asked.

Taking a dig at the Centre, the Chief Minister said that they brought in the Agnipath scheme saying they have no money for pension.

"It has never happened since Independence that the country is left with no money to pay pension to its soldiers. Where did the Centre's money go? The Central government shares a part of taxes it collects with the states. Earlier, it was 42 per cent. Now it has been cut to 29-30 per cent. The Centre is collecting twice-thrice the amount of taxes it collected in 2014. Where is all the money going," Kejriwal asked.

He added that the Centre's budget in 2014 was Rs 20 lakh crore, which is Rs 40 lakh crore now.

"The Centre has spent Rs 10 lakh crore on waiving loans of super rich people, their friends. Had they not waived these loans, the government wouldn't have needed to impose tax on people's food, or stop soldiers' pension," Kejriwal alleged.



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  • Piad, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Mr. Kejriwal is absolutely correct. Lately even Adani's Rs. 12, 770 Crores, NMIAL loan (State Bank of India) was waived off. What was the need????. whose money gone. It's all tax payers money gone to one man. If Mr. Kejriwal is giving free bees, it goes back to the public, not to one man or one party. At present AAP is much better than any other party in India.

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  • Rajiv Bangera, Udupi.

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Fooling people of nation. During 2012-2014 India was third largest economy in the world, NOW 158th, Subramanium Swamy BJP MP has also confirmed this.

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  • Rajeev Shetty., Udupi.

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Modiji government has distroyed nation and national economy and thrashed India 45 years backwards even before covid. And enriching Adani, Ambani to become richest in the world, at the cost of poor and middle class family..

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