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Arvind Kejriwal To Boycott Niti Aayog Meeting Over Delhi Services Ordinance Issue

The ordinance brought recently by the BJP-led central government has taken back elected Delhi government's executive control over bureaucracy that was earlier given to it by the Supreme Court through its verdict on May 11.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he won't be able to attend the Niti Aayog meeting over the Centre's recent ordinance on control of services in Delhi.

The ordinance brought recently by the BJP-led central government has taken back elected Delhi government's executive control over bureaucracy that was earlier given to it by the Supreme Court through its verdict on May 11.

"People are asking, if the PM doesn't abide by the Supreme Court, then where will people go for justice? What's the point of attending Nit Aayog meeting when cooperative federalism is a joke," the Aam Aadmi Party chief wrote in the letter to PM Modi.

The Niti Aayog meeting, scheduled to be held on May 27, will deliberate on several issues, including, health, skill development, women empowerment and infrastructure development, with an aim to make India a developed nation by 2047.

The council, the apex body of Niti Aayog, includes all chief ministers, lieutenant governors of Union Territories, and several Union ministers.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have also announced that they will not be attending the May 27 meeting.

(With inputs from PTI)

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