New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said in a meeting that central acting against the spirit of cooperative federalism.Both leaders also hit hard at the issue of non-democratic use of central agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Kejriwal and Mamata raise the voice to the misuse of central agencies to browbeat state governments. Didi used a proverb ” Maacher tele maach bhaja” refer to the Center’s allocation of funds to states from the collected tax. She said bulldozing state governments was not democracy.
“We supported GST. It was our manifesto commitment. We gave support. But we can’t support the Land Bill. We can never do politics over farmers’ land.” She also added. Both leaders said the chief ministers’ meet was just the beginning of putting in motion the implementation of a federal structure being impinged upon by the central government.
What is happening in Delhi and other states is not cooperative federalism. It is dangerous,” said Banerjee. About her state, she said, decisions were being taken by the governor without informing her.Speaking to IANS, Mamata said: “You can expect something good to come out of this. We all will meet again very soon.”
Kejriwal blames Centre for its intervention in state matters is not right.”Hitting out at the Modi government, Kejriwal pitched for implementation of the Sarkaria Commission which says that state should suggest three names for appointment of governor and central government should choose one of them.
Many politicians thought that this meet was also significant in the light of the upcoming Bihar polls.Kejriwal said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar could not attend their Delhi meet as he was occupied with poll preparations. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar was also a part of the deliberations on cooperative federalism, but he did not participate in the public address handled by Kejriwal and Banerjee.
Puducherry Chief Minister N. Rangaswamy and Mizoram Chief Minister Lalthanhawla also did not attend the meeting.”We announced the date in quick time . That was a mistake. We should have consulted all the six chief ministers for a suitable time. Mizoram CM was busy with some finance work, but Puducherry CM has written a very strong letter of support to us,” Kejriwal told IANS. He said Nitish Kumar and Lalthanhawla also sent letters of support. Some thinkers assert that it would be failed. But hope it will create a new way to slam the Govt and create a new equation.