West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to attend the NITI Aayog meet scheduled to be held on June 15. Banerjee wrote a letter to the Prime Minister in this regard on Friday.
The Governing Council of Niti Aayog chaired by Prime Minister comprises the Chief Ministers of all states and Lieutenant Governors of Union territories. The CEO of NITI Aayog has dispatched invitations to ll the heads of states and Union territories for the meeting on June 15.
“Given the fact that the Niti Ayog has no financial powers and the power to support State Plans, it is fruitless for me to attend the meeting of a body that is bereft of any financial powers,” Mamata Banerjee wrote in the letter.
The Trinamool Congress Chief has skipped NITI Aayog meetings in the past expressing her disappointment over scrapping the planning commission and creating the new institution. Instead Mamata Banerjee demanded more teeth be given to the Inter–State council to strengthen federalism in the country.
“The experience of the last four and half years we had with the Niti Ayog, brings me back to my earlier suggestion to you that we focus on the Inter-State Council constituted under Article 263 of the constitution, with appropriate modifications, to enable the ISC to discharge its augmented range of functions as the nodal entity of the country. This will deepen cooperative federalism and strengthen federal polity,” Banerjee said.
The poll battle between TMC and BJP is yet to settle down after the elections 2019 with BJP making significant inroads with 18 seats in West Bengal.