The ruling CPI(M) has criticised the Union government's decision to cut down the borrowing limit of Kerala by half, saying it was an "attempt to suffocate the state" by any means necessary.
The CPI(M) state secretariat said the BJP-led Centre has been torpedoing Kerala's development initiatives by interfering in its financial matters.
The secretariat also urged civil society organisations to protest against the "fiscal ban" imposed on Kerala.
The Left party on Saturday said the central government had earlier given permission to borrow Rs 32,442 crore but the limit has now been reduced to Rs 15,390 crore.
Kerala Finance Minister K N Balagopal had on Friday said the central government has put the borrowing limit to Rs 15,390 crore, which is half of what Kerala is entitled to borrow.
"The Union government does not even accept the legislation on fiscal responsibilities. They have not yet revealed the reason behind the slashing of the borrowing limit," the statement said.
The CPI(M) said that for the past seven years, the Centre has been conducting "research on" methods to harass the Kerala government.
The NDA government at the Centre has refused to honour the Constitution or democratic values, it said.
"The state government has been implementing welfare measures for the people of Kerala despite the financial crunches caused due to the policies of the Union government. They wanted to hamper the development and growth of the state," the party said.
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