Congress Chief Ministers boycott the meetings of NITI Ayog and Chief Ministers of North-Eastern States
New Delhi: Two important meetings chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today – the meeting of chief Ministers from the North-East and the governing body of Niti Ayog – were boycotted by all Congress chief ministers
Tamil Nadu chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and West Bengal chief Ministe Mamata Banerjee were conspicous by their absence at the Niti Ayog Meeting. Odisha chief minister naveen patnaik and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had excused themselves citing other engagements.
While Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said “Those who chose to boycott must introspect whether not attending is in consonance with the spirit of cooperative federalism,” Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala toojk jaitley head on by pointing out that the Prime Minister had undermined the position of the Congress chief ministers from the North east by refusing to give them appointment for almost 6 months.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister wen a step ahead and said that he has already conveyed his views on the Modi-led Government’s stand on the anti-farmer land aquisition Bill and hence there was no reason for him to attend to discuss this matter.
Later, Jaitley gave indication that the Central Gvoernment was likely to give up the idea of moving the controversial Land Acquisition Bill in Parliament.