New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing a key Niti Aayog meeting on Sunday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. This meeting is organised to discuss the implementation of key policies relating to various sectors.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee came out in support of Delhi CM Kejriwal and asked PM Modi’s intervention to end Delhi deadlock.
I along with the Hon’ble CMs of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala have requested Hon’ble PM today to resolve the problems of Delhi government immediately.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 17, 2018
Yesterday, four non-BJP CMs Mamata Banerjee, HD Kumaraswamy, Chandrababu Naidu and Minister Pinarayi Vijayan extended their support to Kejriwal. PM Modi opened the meeting by saying that cooperative and competitive federalism holds the key to Indias growth and progress.
PM Modi reiterated that NITI Aayog Governing Council is platform that can bring about “historic change.”
He assured CMs from flood-affected states that Centre would provide all assistance to them, to deal with flood situation currently affecting parts of the country. Rajasthan was lauded for being the No. 1 state in incremental progress and improved performance in water management index.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik is again missing the meeting for the second time. Highly placed sources in CMO Odisha said, “This is not the first time that Naveen Patnaik is not attending the meeting but the second time the reality is that we are concerned about not being given special status to the state which has been our longstanding demand…so what is the point in just attending meetings when the earlier demands have not been adhered to.”
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu is attending the meeting and expected to raise several issues related to Andhra Pradesh including Special Category Status and provisions of AP Reorganisation Act.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is not attending the meeting as he is on a sit-in protest at state L-G house. Delhi L-G Anil Baijal is attending the meeting on behalf of him.
Expressing his annoyance over L-G ‘attending’ the meeting, Kejriwal tweeted: I have not authorised him to go in my place.
Clarifying on this, Niti Aayog CEO said that Kejriwal’s allegation is completely wrong as the L-G is not present in the meeting.Yogi Adityanath will also present report of Uttar Pradesh in the meeting today.