New Delhi, Oct 23 (PTI) :The CPI today accused the Congress-led UPA at the Centre of discriminating against Left-ruled states, saying the governments of Kerala and West Bengal were "paying the price" for withdrawal of support."The Left-led state governments in the two states are paying the price for our withdrawing support at the Centre," CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta told reporters here.
He said despite the long-pending demand of restoration of the rice quota to "food deficit" Kerala, no step has been taken by the Centre as yet.The UPA government has slashed the rice quota of Kerala by as much as 82 per cent, he said.
On West Bengal, Dasgupta said five dredgers meant for desilting of the waterways at the Haldia Port were withdrawn and taken to work for the Sethusamudram Project."While we are not opposed to the Sethusamudram Project and want it to be developed, we are demanding the return of these five dredgers so that they could prevent the waterways (from) becoming totally unnavigable," he said.