DMK’s Stalin hints at meeting of opposition CMs in New Delhi

In the latest attempt to put up a third front against the ruling BJP ahead of the 2024 general elections, Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin on Sunday tweeted of a possible convention of chief ministers in New Delhi soon.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee supremo had reportedly called the DMK chief on Sunday to share her grievances over the governors of non-BJP ruled states allegedly misusing their powers. Banerjee’s call to Stalin comes after the Tamil Nadu CM had condemned West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar’s move to prorogue the assembly session in his state.

While Trinamool has moved a motion against Dhankhar in Rajya Sabha, DMK leaders have condemned Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi for recently returning the anti-NEET bill to the state assembly Speaker.

Stalin said Banerjee had suggested a meeting consisting of the CMs of the non-BJP ruled states. He also said he assured her of DMK’s vow to help states maintain autonomy.

Trinamool MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy told ET that it appeared that the CM had had a talk with Stalin over the “BJP’s attempt to change the core of the Constitution by violating the principles of federalism”. “Be it the jurisdiction of the BSF, role of governors in opposition-ruled states or even the IAS cadre rules, the Centre does not seem to respect the mandate of the people. These are serious issues and they are affecting the country. These decisions are being taken unilaterally by the Centre without any consultation.”

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