PM Modis discomfort with non-BJP CMs is hurting the very concept of cooperative federalism – National Herald

Posted: June 6, 2021 at 7:41 pm

During P.V. Narasimha Raos time, she was annoyed for appointing Dr. Chenna Reddy as Tamil Nadu governor. There was a war of words between the two. She demanded the recall of the governor but Rao did not agree.

Modi too is clearly not comfortable with non-BJP chief ministers. Just last month, he objected to Delhi chief minister Kejriwal showing a live COVID review meeting between him and the chief minister. Chiding him, Modi said, Let me say this is strictly against our tradition, our protocol.

Bad vibes between some chief ministers and governors are also not something new. West Bengal, Maharashtra, Puducherry and Delhi are examples where the chief ministers and the governors have seen a running battle.

Modi had been talking about cooperative federalism and competitive federalism as well as Team India. Cooperative federalism is a concept which reflects the relationship between the Centre and the states where both come together and resolve common problems.

Modi was successful last year when he took the chief ministers on board to implement his COVID strategy. But in 2021, with elections to five states, politics took over. Non-BJP states have complained about the scarcity of oxygen and vaccination shortage and some like the Delhi government have even gone to court.

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