Cooperative federalism struggling under Modi: Rawat

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday said that cooperative federalism was suffering under the Narendra Modi regime.

Speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak here, he questioned the role of NITI Aayog and claimed non-Bharatiya Janata Party ruled states have to struggle for central funds.

“Cooperative federalism is suffering under Modi. If you are not a follower state then you will have to struggle for funds.

“The Modi government has stopped funds under central schemes to states which are not BJP ruled. Earlier states had the platform of Planning Commission to raise their issues but now we have this NITI Aayog. I really don’t know what is the role of NITI Aayog. Is their any role of NITI Aayog… nothing,” said Rawat.

About demonetisation, Rawat said the move was implemented without any preparation.

“Initially I had supported the move, any move against terrorism, against corruption should always be supported.

“But subsequently having seen the suffering of the common people, it is evident that demonetisation has been implemented without any preparation,” he said.

He also flayed the BJP and the Modi government for attacking opposition parties who have opposed demonetisation.

“Under Modi there is this narrative that if you oppose this government, then you are anti-national. Now if you are opposing demonetisation, they say you have hoarded black money.

“In democracy, opposition has the right to raise questions. You cannot judge dissent in terms of nationalism. This is unacceptable,” said the veteran Congress leader.

On his party leadership, Rawat said Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had the capability to lead the party for many years to come.

“Rahul has been a fast learner and age is on his side. He has the ability to confront and face challenges, he doesn’t shy away from them. He has the ability to lead the party for many years,” he added.

–IANS

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