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KCR Boycotts Meeting, Writes To PM Modi On Federalism, Bulldozers And More

KCR Boycotts Meeting, Writes To PM Modi On Federalism, Bulldozers And More

Telangana CM Ok Chandrashekar Rao (‘KCR’) to skip August 7 assembly of Niti Aayog governing council.

New Delhi:

In an offended letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi — with costs of ignoring states’ rights, apart from jibes over price-rise, bulldozers and communal statements — Telangana Chief Minister Ok Chandrashekar Rao (or ‘KCR’) at the moment mentioned he is not going to attend the August 7 assembly of NITI Aayog’s governing council “as a mark of sturdy protest”. PM is the chairperson of the federal government’s coverage thinktank.

The NITI Aayog known as his determination “unlucky”, and countered a number of the allegations made by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) boss. In a be aware to the press, it mentioned a delegation led by the Aayog’s vice-chairperson had met him in Hyderabad on January 2021 “to debate growth points pertaining to the state”, however he “didn’t reply” to current requests for extra such conferences.   

KCR’s boycott of the governance council meet in Delhi, nevertheless, is simply the newest in a sequence of his assaults on the BJP-led central authorities. Different regional events — equivalent to Tamil Nadu’s DMK and Bengal’s Trinamool Congress — have been making allegations much like his, although they have not boycotted the assembly.

In his letter, KCR mentioned the Aayog was began “with the lofty goal of bringing the states on the identical web page with the Centre”. “Due to no planning and no spirit of cooperative federalism, the nation is passing by way of a most troublesome section with unprecedented issues of falling rupee worth, excessive inflation, skyrocketing costs and growing unemployment, coupled with low financial development,” he wrote.

He described Telangana as one of many “trailblazing states”. At a press convention later, he added to this: “Do not curtail the progress of the progressing states. Growth of any inch of the nation is the event of the nation.” 

The letter upfront reminded PM Modi of a key suggestion by the group of CMs within the NITI Aayog — that states be given flexibility to design or modify central schemes. “Not all schemes… by the mandarins of Delhi, serve their meant objective.”

About Telangana particularly, he cited suggestions from “means again in 2016” — to provide funds for irrigation and drinking-water schemes — that have not been adopted. “These examples are adequate to say that the establishment of NITI Aayog is rendered ineffective.”

The Aayog mentioned the allegation that states weren’t co-opted in preparation of the August 7 assembly agenda “is inaccurate”. “Detailed consultations between Centre and states, together with Telangana, have been held ensuing within the first Nationwide Chief Secretaries Convention held in Dharamshala in June 2022,” its assertion mentioned. It additionally that mentioned allocation of funds to Telangana underneath central schemes went up by “greater than double” since 2015.

KCR’s letter, although, was not restricted to Centre-state relations. 

He additionally slammed the Modi authorities for inaction over “irresponsible utterances of some leaders in excessive positions on use of bulldozers, encounter killings, 80:20 ratios and references with spiritual undertones… (that) are disrupting the communal concord and the social cloth of the nation, apart from inviting worldwide criticism”. 

He cited “the one-sided determination to deliver the brand new farm legal guidelines” — which have been repealed after a year-long protest by farmers — to say that federalism “is intentionally disregarded”.

“I don’t discover it helpful to attend (the assembly)… and I’m staying away from it as a mark of sturdy protest towards the current development of central authorities to discriminate towards the states and never treating them as equal companions in our collective effort to make India a robust and developed nation,” he signed off.

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