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PM Narendra Modi weakening India’s federal structure, says Meghalaya CM

Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma said the Narendra Modi government was weakening India’s federal structure after the tourism minister announced a Rs 70 crore tourism package to develop religious and spiritual circuits in the state.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2018 20:11 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service, Shillong
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Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma said the Narendra Modi government was weakening India’s federal structure. (Agency photos)

Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government on Wednesday of weakening India’s federal structure.

“They are going to destroy this nation, diluting the federal structure is one step for ultimate disastrous future of this nation,” he said, referring to Union tourism minister KJ Alphons’ recent announcement of a Rs 70 crore tourism package to develop religious and spiritual circuits in the state.

“When he (Modi) was the chief minister of Gujarat, he used to talk about the attempt to dilute the federal structure of the nation. Today, this particular strategy of BJP gives you a proof beyond reasonable doubt about their intention to dilute and weaken the federal structure of the nation,” Sangma told journalists in Shillong.

He also termed the move as “a complete infringement of the states’ domain which needed to be collectively and strongly resisted”, saying nowhere in the country’s history had this “type of attitude” seen where the central government is trying to reach out to the stakeholders directly.

“Why do you have state governments, why do people fighting for statehood... because the federal structure that we have withstood the test of time. And these people are aggressively engaging in activities to dilute, dilute and weakened the federal structure it is very dangerous,” he said.

Expressing surprise at such an announcement made by the central government without the state government’s recommendation, Congress general secretary CP Joshi said: “The strategy was to woo the voters of the state.”

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 20:07 IST