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Ahead of Niti meet, Cong CMs consult Manmohan

Ahead of Niti meet, Cong CMs consult Manmohan
Former PM Manmohan Singh with Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy and Puducherry CM V Narayansamy during a meeting in New Delhi. PTI

New Delhi, June 15

Four Congress Chief Ministers and Karnataka’s HD Kumaraswamy met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday to discuss issues of their respective states, especially those related to farmers and tribals, to be taken up at the Niti Aayog meeting.

Chief Ministers Kamal Nath (Madhya Pradesh), Ashok Gehlot (Rajasthan), HD Kumaraswamy (Karnataka) and V Narayansamy (Puducherry) held a meeting with Singh at the Congress headquarters here. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel also joined the meeting later. Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) is heading a coalition government with the Congress in Karnataka.

They discussed the proposed agenda and issues of their respective states to be taken up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Niti Aayog meeting, sources said. Among the issues discussed were injecting life back in water bodies, fresh efforts needed from the Centre in the agricultural sector and amendment in the Forest Act to bring about change and prosperity in the lives of the tribals.

Baghel, Kumaraswamy and Narayansamy also separately called on the PM on Saturday. On Friday, Nath had hosted a dinner at his residence where Gehlot, Baghel and Narayansamy were present. Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh could not make it for the dinner. — PTI

Stop Central schemes, say Bihar, Kerala CMs

  • BJP ally and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, in his speech at the Governing Council meeting, made a forceful argument that the Centrally sponsored schemes should be discontinued on the back of mounting states’ financial woes. 
  • Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan too noted that states have to bear 40 per cent of the costs for implementing these schemes, instead of earlier ratio of 25 per cent. He also rued the fact that Niti Aayog has failed to become a substitute of erstwhile Planning Commission. tns

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