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Note or vote, CM asks Delhi

Uluberia, Sept. 28: Mamata Banerjee today slammed the Centre for the hike in diesel prices, cap on subsidised LPG cylinders and the service tax on AC train fares, saying it would have to choose between “note (money)” and “vote”.

“The Centre provides subsidy from taxes it collects from the state government. The Centre collects income tax, corporate tax, infrastructure tax. This money is collected so that it can be given back to the poor. Subsidy is not provided from any individual’s pocket. It is provided from peoples’ money. You have to choose between note and vote. You cannot have both,” the chief minister said at a government programme in Howrah’s Uluberia.

“I like votes more than notes,” she added.

After pulling out of the UPA-II government, Mamata has upped the ante in demanding greater share of taxes collected by the Centre.

The chief minister said the hike in freight charges would hit consumers. “Rice, cereals, potatoes are transported by trains. The hike in freight charges will hurt common people,” she said.