‘Setting’ Speculation, Niti Aayog Meeting, Loud Sympathy Against Center – Uttarbanga Sambad
New Delhi: ‘Moun Mamata’ Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has earned such a title among the opposition and cynics after coming on a four-day visit to Delhi. His reason was also reasonable. He thought it better to maintain a safe distance from the issues like face to the press or courtesy meeting with the opposition party leaders in the adverse situation that the state government is in in recent times due to corruption in the education sector and the arrest of an influential leader of the party. Apparently, his visit to Delhi this time was extremely ‘low profile’. In terms of speech, the state chief minister was ‘under tone’. But Sunday was his exception. Mamata is back in a sullen mood again, debunking the theory of ‘meeting setting’ raised about her visit to the capital.
Party sources claim, on the last day of the visit to Delhi Mamata Banerjee Seen again in pride. In the Seventh Policy Aayog meeting, the Chief Minister strongly criticized the central policy on several issues, including the state’s demands and the proposal to enforce the new central education policy. He said, ‘Team India’ cannot be formed by saying ‘Team India’. For that, you must have confidence in the federal infrastructure and take a decision in consultation with the state. A unilateral move could hamper the formation of ‘Team India’. Therefore, special constructive decisions should be taken after prior consultation with the state in all these cases. That is the essence of federal sovereignty in the Indian Constitution.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did not receive a call to address the Independence Amrit Mohotsav Committee meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday afternoon. Because of that anger, he informed before the start of the Seventh Niti Aayog meeting organized at Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Center on Sunday, that he has to return to Kolkata by afternoon flight. If he does not get an opportunity to present his statement before that, he will leave the meeting after submitting his written statement. The Center has given up on this strict attitude of the Chief Minister. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was given an opportunity to speak at the Niti Aayog meeting on Sunday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi finished his speech. According to official sources in New Delhi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spoke for about nine and a half minutes at the Niti Aayog meeting on Sunday. Although seven and a half minutes were allocated for the speeches of the Chief Ministers of other states, the Chief Minister got a little more time to present his speech and he did not hesitate to make use of it.
In her speech, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made it clear that despite the talk of maintaining the federal infrastructure, central decisions are being forced on the states, which is unethical and unintended. The central government is working without any discussion with the states, without relying on the central-state joint team work in implementing any central plan, Mamata alleged in the Niti Aayog meeting on Sunday. He also said, ‘Bangla has always believed in the idea of the United States, so it always works in the spirit of cooperation and tries to work according to the central directives. In this regard, the state hopes, Bengal will get its due status as an integral part of the federal infrastructure of the ideal independent sovereign state.’
The Chief Minister made a strong request on this day to give more power to the state for the development of center-state relations After this, the Chief Minister strongly criticized the role of the Modi government, focusing on the Centre’s new National Education Policy. This has been claimed by official sources Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee opposed the central government’s attempt to impose the national education policy on the states without consulting them in detail. Sources claim, in this context, the Chief Minister clearly stated that for the sake of building the future of the country, coordination between the Center and the State in important matters like education is very important and the attempt to impose the Central decision on the State in this case is not at all acceptable. Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Punjab also insisted on protecting the interests of the opposition-ruled states, following the path shown by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Incidentally, during a private meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, the Chief Minister spoke about the arrears of Tk 1 lakh 968 crore and wrote a letter to the Prime Minister detailing the allocation of the state in any sector. The opposition camp has long been clamoring for an increase in the state’s share of the tax money collected by the central government through the states. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee once again spoke on that issue Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot spoke on the same issue in today’s meeting.
In this case, it should be noted that the G-20 Summit will be held in India at the end of this year In this context, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already tweeted that hosting the G20 on the 75th anniversACHI of independence is a great achievement for India. On this day, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee clarified in her speech that West Bengal will show its best in organizing the G-20 Summit, which has earned the reputation of the country, and at the same time, the state will take a leading role in all possible cooperation with the Centre. After this, the Chief Minister left the NITI Aayog meeting during the lunch break Before that there was a group photo session of the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister, Finance Ministers along with the Chief Ministers of other states present in the meeting. According to government sources, Prime Minister Modi himself requested Mamata Banerjee to stand in the front row during the photo session. Mamata also happily complied with the request and left for Kolkata.
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