A comparison with poll-bound Karnataka's per capita income in Maharashtra's Economic Survey today caused a flutter, with the Congress dubbing it as a political move while the government justifying it.
The Economic Survey mentioned that the per capita income in the BJP-ruled Maharashtra has risen by 12.1 per cent in 2016-17 while that of the Congress-ruled Karnataka by 10.2 per cent in similar period.
The Survey, projecting a 2.7 per cent slide in the state economy in (fiscal) 2017-18 compared to 2016-17, was presented in the state legislature today, a day ahead of tabling of the Budget 2018-19.
"Karnataka is going to polls soon. Why the BJP-led Maharashtra government has compared its per capita income with Karnataka only when it is higher than the southern state? It looks like a political move. This (comparison) could be used in Karnataka for political reasons," Chavan told reporters.
"We did not mention the name of Karnataka state for any political reasons in the economic survey. It was mentioned because for the first time Maharashtra government has surpassed the per capita income of Karnataka. Earlier, Karnataka state had higher per capita income than that of Maharashtra," said Mungantiwar.
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