NEW DELHI: Chief Ministers of non-UPA ruled states attacked the Centre, alleging that its policies had slowed down the country’s growth and that their voice was being ignored, with the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister,
Ms J Jayalalithaa walking out of the NDC meet to highlight this.
Ms Jayalalithaa, along with the West Bengal Chief Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Akhilesh Yadav, the Bihar Chief Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, Gujarat counterpart Mr Narendra Modi and Chief Ministers of other BJP-ruled states used the forum of National Development Council to criticise the Centre over allocation of funds and resources.
Ms Jayalalithaa faulted the Centre over several issues, like economic policies and FDI in multi-brand retail, and accused it of ignoring suggestions put forth by states by adopting “big brotherly and undemocratic approach”.
She said the Manmohan Singh government was “caught up in the daily squabbles of its constituents” and “is merely trying to survive from day-to-day” as a result of which it has “neither the time nor the inclination to pay attention” to the problems of the people of this country.
She walked out of the NDC meeting accusing the Centre of “stifling” the voice of Chief Ministers by restricting their speeches to 10 minutes, terming it as a “big humiliation”.
Mr Yadav termed the decline in central assistance to states as a cause of “serious concern” and asked the Centre to discourage the practice of not taking state governments on board while finalising sectoral distributions.
Mr Modi alleged that the Manmohan Singh government was suffering from “policy paralysis, intellectual bankruptcy and lack of leadership”. He criticised the lowering of growth target in the 12th Five-Year Plan from 9 per cent to 8.2 per cent, saying it would lead to a sense of pessimism in the country.
Ms Banerjee accused the Centre of having had an “unholy nexus” with the erstwhile Left Front government in West Bengal, saying it had left the state with a debt burden of ` 2 lakh crore.
Seeking redressal of the same, she said the “patience of our people” is running out as she hoped the Centre would move forward on the debt impasse.
Mr Kumar charged that the Centre’s inter-ministerial group was not considering the issue of granting special category status to Bihar with seriousness as he made a strong pitch for it.
Dr Raman Singh said inordinate delay in decision-making and complicated procedures for statutory clearances were hurting the country’s economy growth and investor sentiment.