With eye on 2019 Polls, PM Modi to meet BJP Chief Ministers

Karnataka: Modi accuses Congress-led state government of not utilising Centre's funds

Chief ministers of several BJP states argued that because of the continuos process of elections and implementation of the model code of conduct, state governments were finding it hard to carry out development work.

In the meeting, government's pro-poor policies will be reviewed and ways to help the weaker sections of the society deliberated upon.

The Congress party never cared for the poor and the farmers, Modi remarked, while hailing Yeddyurappa as the "farmers' friend".

Urging Modi to learn from Siddaramaiah how to deliver promises and govern the state, the party chief decried the former for dubbing the Congress government being corrupt and taking 10 per cent cut in its projects.

Further attacking the Congress government he said the government doesn't work without commission, referring to it as 'Seedha Rupaiyya.' He also accused the state government for not using the funds allocated by Central government for the welfare of people.

The Prime Minister claimed his government had taken several steps for the transformation of the agriculture sector. The government also had to face a great deal of negative publicity due to the Nirav Modi-Mehul Choksi PNB scam.

PM believes holding them together would save cash and time.

Modi is now focused on connecting with the masses through flagship schemes such as MUDRA, Ujjwala, Ayushman, Saubhagya, Sauchalaya.

The BJP along with its allies is in power in 19 states at present, an all-time high for the party. Interestingly, this meet is being held just three days ahead of the poll results in three states in North East: Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland.

The Chief Ministers Council meeting, which has been an yearly affair since 2014, would start at 4 pm today and would see participation from BJP Chief Ministers and deputy Chief Ministers along with a number of senior party functionaries. As per a statement issued to press by MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the issue of simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha polls would also be discussed.

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