Meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time following a month-long political crisis in Uttarakhand, chief minister Harish Rawat said on Monday the former has a “friendly attitude” towards all CMs, including him, and hoped it remains the same in future.
Terming the 30-minute meeting as “good”, Rawat said he explained about the developmental requirements for the state to the Prime Minister.
“There are certain issues we have with the central government, with various ministries. Various proposals are pending there. Some of the sanctioned projects, which need monetary support from the Centre and which are on certain funding pattern, they get money from the central ministries. I have taken up that issue.
“There are certain flagship programmes also, which our state government is implementing with great enthusiasm. I explained to him how are we doing there. The PM expressed satisfaction,” he said.
Rawat won trust vote in the Uttarakhand assembly on May 10, six weeks after the Centre dismissed his government and imposed President’s Rule after nine Congress MLAs did not vote with the Rawat government on the Appropriation Bill.
Uttarakhand was brought under President’s Rule on March 27 by the Centre on grounds of “breakdown of governance” in a controversial decision in the wake of a political crisis triggered by a rebellion in the ruling Congress.
When asked what did he discuss in his first meeting with the Prime Minister, Rawat said, “We discussed development.”