ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Jammu and Kashmir-Congress (I) Offensive

coroes up with its findings Even the CPI(M) Chief Minister of West Bengal has linked his government's opposition to the proposal to do away with sales tax with the fact that the Sarkaria Commission is in any case going into the whole question of Centre-state relations. This would seem to mark a retreat from the stand that the proposal to replace sales tax was in principle unacceptable since it represented further encroachment by the Centre on the powers of the states. More important, this now stance comes close to tacit acceptance of the Prime Minister's argument that all issues pertaining to Centre-state relations should be put in cold storage pending the Sarkaria Commission's report. Not so long ago it used to be the complaint of the opposition parties, the CP1(M) especially, that the prime Minister had set up the Sarkaria Commission precisely to moth-ball Centre-state issues. Why then have these parties themselves now chosen to take recourse to the Sarkaria Commission, especially when, given the reluctance of the Congress(I) state governments to part with their powers of sales taxation, they were on a strong wicket?

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