New Delhi: Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday walked out of the national development council (NDC) meeting after being interrupted during her speech.
She said 10 minutes were not enough for a Chief Minister to complete his or her speech and walked out of the meet. According to her, the planned document was lengthy and covered so many subjects and no CM could read it out in 10 minutes.
“The voices of the CMs have been stifled. We have not been allowed to present our views. I had come prepared with several points pertaining to the interest of Tamil Nadu and nation,” Jayalalithaa told reporters after coming out.
“I began my speech and as soon as 10 minutes were up the bell rang. This is big humiliation. Such procedures are not followed in different occasions I attended. Sometimes many CMs speak for 30- 35 mins. I had barely finished 1/3rd of my speech and the bell rang. Hence, to show my protest I have walked out of the NDC meeting,” she added.
Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had announced during the meeting that due to time constraints everyone will have only 10 minutes to speak.
“We have 396 minutes in total. 35 speakers get 10 minutes each respectively. Jaya should not say such kind of things. PM gave her the opportunity to speak first and also Congress CMs got the same 10-minute slot to speak,” said Rajiv Shukla , Congress MP.
“I don’t know what she has said to the press. But if she has said, it is not correct. Because this was defined before hand that everyone will be given ten minute time to speak .There is no discrimination. There are 30 speakers, and everyone has to speak .I don’t think Jayalalithaa should make fuss out of it,” said Law Minister Ashwini Kumar.
The NDC meet is looking at the approval of the 12th Five Year Plan. Other Chief Ministers including Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi were also attending the meet.