CPI(M) to attend AAP seminar on Centre-State relations

Friday, Aug 14, 2015,19:53 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The straining of Centre-State relations and the need to strengthen cooperative federalism is likely bring together several non-BJP parties, including the Left and Trinamool Congress, at a conclave organised by the ruling AAP here next month. CPI(M) will be part of the seminar on Centre-State relations and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar would represent it, party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said after a meeting with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal here today.
He said that several non-BJP chief ministers are likely to participate in the event to be convened by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on September 22. We spoke about the strained relationship between the Centre and the Delhi Government at the meeting. CPI(M) has a history of experience of such strained relations.
The first non-Congress state government in the country, led by the united Communist Party in Kerala, was dissolved by the Centre headed by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1957. After Kejriwal became chief minister, we had suggested to him to convene a meeting of non-BJP chief ministers. So, he asked me today if CPI(M) will be part of the meeting. I told him, the Tripura Chief Minister will be there, Yechury said.
The CPI(M) leader stressed the need for a discussion between the Centre and the states as per federal and constitutional procedure. He said all chief ministers are concerned at the present state of affairs in Centre-State relations and added that cooperative federalism was the need of the hour. Kejriwal had met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here on Tuesday and invited the latter to attend the seminar on Centre-state relations and cooperative federalism.