NITI Aayog, National Institution for Transforming India, which was created by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in place of the Planning Commission, would be having its fourth round of General Council meeting for two days from June 16. The inaugural session would have its chairman and Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing on the first day.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu took active part in the previous three meetings of the NITI Aayog, when he was part of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government. This is the fourth meeting in the series and the first meeting after Naidu broke the alliance and launched the fight against the BJP and the Prime Minister.
Chandrababu Naidu had conveniently avoiding the inaugural session of the meeting claiming himself as the Iftar treat is more important to him than the meeting. Two days ago, he had written to the NITI Aayog vice-chairman to postpone the meeting as he was tied up with the important Iftar party with the Muslim community in the State and cannot spare time for the meeting on the first day. He had also said that he would be free only from the afternoon of the second day, June 17 and would be present for the afternoon session including the valedictory.
Chandrababu Naidu finds himself uncomfortable in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Naidu is the one who does not like to share the dais with his political rivals in the public view. This is what made him to skip the meeting this time. The Eid had come as advantage for him to claim that Iftar was greater occasion for him than the NITI Aayog and believes that skipping the Delhi meet would get him more Muslim votes. He is also focusing on winning the Muslim votes ever since he broke alliance with the TDP.
Though not attending the two-day session, Chandrababu Naidu had directed his officers to prepare a detailed note on the benefits that the State had received in the last four years after bifurcation. His officers are busy preparing a detailed note on the benefits promised to the State and the benefits given. He wants to display this note to the national media in Delhi, an exercise he had done in the past when he visited Parliament to meet some national leaders.