Niti Aayog | Arvind Kejriwal | Kejri’s decision to boycott Niti Aayog meeting, Punjab Chief Minister will also attend
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is boycotting Niti Aayog meeting following the path of Mamata Banerjee Chief Minister of West Bengal. Bhagwant Mann Chief Minister of Punjab is not going to the meeting. The Chief Ministers of the three anti-BJP states are going to be absent from the Niti Aayog meeting on Saturday.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India) on Friday, Kejriwal said that he will not attend Saturday’s NITI Aayog meeting. He wrote in the letter, the federal infrastructure is now a mockery. There is no point in attending this meeting. It is to be noted that earlier Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced to attend the meeting of Niti Ayog but later canceled it. He offered to send either the Finance Minister or the Chief Secretary as a representative. The center rejected it. The central government has informed in the reply letter that the chief minister must attend the meeting. No one else will come. Because in all states the Chief Minister is a member of Niti Aayog. As a result, there is no representative from Bengal in the meeting.
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Political circles think that this decision of AAP has increased the number of protests in the Ordinance debate. For eight years, the Center had been fighting with the Delhi government over who would hold the administrative power of Delhi. Water flows up to the Supreme Court. Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that the administrative powers will not be in the hands of the Lieutenant Governor, but in the hands of the elected government of Delhi. Ignoring the Supreme Court’s verdict, eight days later the central government issued an ordinance to curb administrative powers. Many opposition parties opposed the ordinance. Kejriwal has been traveling from state to state trying to garner support against the ordinance. On Tuesday, Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann held a meeting with the chief minister on the ordinance. Mamata has assured to stand by Kejriwal on this issue. On Thursday, Kejriwal met NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena chief (Uddhav group) Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai. The Delhi chief minister also sought time to meet Congress president Mallikarjun Kharg. It is in this situation that Kejriwal is trying to increase pressure on the Center by boycotting the Niti Aayog meeting.