Niti Aayog: BJP shrugs off critics, appeals against 'politicisation'

| Updated: Apr 24, 2017 12:22 IST

Bengaluru/Lucknow, [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Niti Aayog meeting, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said that all political parties should work for the welfare of the people without politicising developmental endeavors. "It is not possible for an individual to build a nation. Every state has to be stakeholder in the growth of the nation. In the development of the nation there should not be any political affiliation or bias or prejudice. All political parties need to work for the welfare of the people without politicising all these development activities. The positive side and intention of NITI Aayog must be read," BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI. Echoing similar views, BJP leader Rakesh Tripathi said that everyone needs to work together for overall development of the nation. "India is a country with vast states and development of every state is important. If we want to make India superior then we have to work together like a team. NITI Aayog has initiated the same," Tripathi told ANI. However, launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Modi, the Congress dubbed the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog as a 'flop', adding that the Central government needs to understand the feelings and problems of the state governments rather than harassing them. "Niti Aayog is a flop. It has not been able to make any significant mark. It, in fact, has been reduced by this government to an exercise in futility. It was a foolish decision of the Central government to do away with the planning commission. This Niti Aayog is only trying to underwrite the doings and undoings of the Modi government," Congress leader Om Prakash Mishra told ANI. Taking a dig at the Prime Minister's assertion that every state needs to work together for better India, Mishra said the former talks about new India while his supports are trying to create division in the country. "New India was born in 1947. It has been nurtured through seven decades of Parliamentary democracy. It has been enriched by liberalism, secularism. Modi government is trying to undermine institutions. Modi and his government should rather focus on building up and strengthening the institution, they should attempt to diffuse the conflict situation in many parts of the country and they should not try to harass the opposition. That is how new India actually can further be developed," he added. Chiming in the matter, Congress leader P.C. Chacko said that Prime Minister Modi should not show favoritism to BJP ruled states and should implement the promises given to the state government. "In a federal set up the Central government should understand the feelings of the state governments, their problems and difficulties. That is more important. Making a call in the meeting that everybody should work together does not have any meaning at all. Today many chief ministers said that their proposals are pending with the Central government," he told ANI. Prime Minister Modi yesterday urged all the states to work with his government as part of Team India and help in identifying goals for 2022. "The theme of regional imbalance, raised by a number of Chief Ministers has to be addressed on priority, both nationally, and within states," the Prime Minister said at the NITI Aayog's Governing Council meet. The Prime Minister chaired the third meeting of the NITI Aayog's Governing Council at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, wherein, action taken on decisions of the earlier two meetings, were discussed in detail with special focus on the (Goods and Services Tax) GST and doubling the income of farmers. As many as 28 Chief Ministers were present during the meet. Some non-BJP Chief Ministers like Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal and Mukul Sangma skipped the meet and sent their ministers instead.(ANI)

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