Mamata and Kejriwal skip Niti Aayog Governing Council meet with PM Modi

The meeting of the governing council headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was meeting for the third times at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2017 22:57 IST
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Chief ministers Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal and Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi were absent from the Niti Aayog Governing Council meet held in New Delhi on Sunday. (HT File Photo)

Chief ministers Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal were among those who skipped Niti Aayog’s Governing Council meet with the Prime Minister on Sunday in New Delhi.

The third meeting of the council began at Rashtrapati Bhawan with the main agenda of deliberating on the 15-year Vision Document to accelerate the country’s economic development.

“West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal could not come to attend the Governing Council meeting today at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” a source said.

However, the source said deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia represented Delhi at the meet.

The source further said a large number of chief ministers are attending the meeting because Prime Minister Narendra Modi had refused to allow their official representatives to participate in the deliberations.

The source said Modi had made it clear that only the chief minister or the deputy chief minister will represent their states and no other official will be allowed to participate in the meeting.

The council, which is the apex body of the Niti Aayog, is headed by the Prime Minister and includes all chief ministers and members.

Among the opposition ruled states, Punjab’s Captain Amarinder Singh, Bihar’s Nitish Kumar, Tripura’s Manik Sarkar, Karnataka’s Siddaramaiah, and Tamil Nadu’s Edappadi K Palaniswami attended the meeting.

Others included Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Jammu and Kashmir’s Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, and Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik.

Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, Suresh Prabhu, Prakash Javadekar, Rao Inderjit Singh and Smriti Irani also attended the meet.

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First Published: Apr 23, 2017 13:21 IST