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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs NITI Aayog meeting, Nitish Kumar, KCR absent

The agenda of the meeting was to implement the National Education Policy in the schools and higher education institutions, urban governance, crop diversification, and achieve self-sufficiency in oilseeds.  
03:06 PM Aug 07, 2022 IST | Shekhar Suman Sinha
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired a meeting of the 7th governing council of the National Institution of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog at Rashtrapati Bhawan’s Cultural Centre in the national capital. The agenda of the meeting was to implement the National Education Policy in the schools and higher education institutions, urban governance, crop diversification, and achieve self-sufficiency in oilseeds.  

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The meeting was attended by Chief Ministers of all states excluding Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Telangana’s Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (KCR).

However, K Chandrashekar Rao officially boycotted the meeting through a letter to Prime Minister Modi on Saturday. He accused the Centre of discriminating against the states including Telangana. But Bihar CM Nitish Kumar did not give any official reason for the absence. Some reports said that he was absent because he recovered from Covid-19 just a week before.

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KCR wrote that he didn’t find it useful to attend the 7th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog. He stood away from it as a mark of strong protest against the present trend of the Central government discriminating against the states and not treating them as equal partners in their collective efforts to make India a strong and developed country

Earlier, Rejecting Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s announcement of a future alliance with Bihar allies, the JDU denied any alliance with the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and 2025 assembly elections. Amit Shah said that the BJP would contest the future polls with its allies in Bihar.

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JDU president Lalan Singh said that the discussions on it were imaginary. First, they will prepare themselves and then they will decide who will be their alliance partners in the elections.

The JDU also sought explanations from its former president RCP Singh on all the properties he acquired in the last nine years. RCP Singh praised PM Modi for his excellent work.

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