Only West Bengal, Delhi resist Centre's development schemes: Arun Jaitley

File photo of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 26, 2019, 07.52 PM (IST)

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that West Bengal and Delhi are two states who do not cooperate with any of the schemes of central government.

"Opposition CM in Kerala has a Left government but it is implementing all the schemes of the Central government. Southern states are better. Two states which do not cooperate at all are West Bengal and Delhi," Jaitley told Zee News Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary.

He also said that Modi gave India a strong leadership. The ability to take strong decisions like Balakot airstrike has given an assurance to the people of this nation that Modi will give the country a strong leadership.

Jaitley also slammed Congress's direct benefit transfer scheme announced by its president Rahul Gandhi on Monday.

Calling Rahul Gandhi's minimum income promise a bluff he said: "Congress has only given slogans to the poor, we gave them means. We got 91% of villages connected to roads. We have promised that all the BPL families will have a house by 2022. We waived off the hospital expense for 50 crore people of this country. We did not increase income tax by a single rupee, in fact, we reduced it.we also increased the tax base. 10,000km national highways were constructed every year during our tenure. We already have 55 scheme for our poor."

Earlier on Monday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi announced that his party, if voted to power, would give a minimum income guarantee of Rs 6,000 per month to 20 crore household. He said that the move would bring the people out of poverty.