Why PM Narendra Modi may skip President's Iftar today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday evening chair a meeting with chief ministers of the eight northeastern states in Delhi, triggering speculation that he may skip the Iftar party hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Why PM Narendra Modi may skip President's Iftar today

New Delhi/Agartala: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday evening chair a meeting with chief ministers of the eight northeastern states in Delhi, triggering speculation that he may skip the Iftar party hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee.

A release from the Prime Minister's Office had said on Tuesday: "The Prime Minister will chair a meeting with chief ministers from the northeastern states, including Sikkim, at 1900 hrs (7 pm) tomorrow (Wednesday)." 

It said important development projects related to the northeast were likely to be discussed in the meeting.

A Tripura government official said chief ministers of the northeastern states wanted to meet Modi collectively to discuss various issues including continuation of special category status for the region.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had told reporters after a meeting with Modi in Delhi on June 16 that the Prime Minister "remained silent" on the chief ministers' demand for the special category status.

Apart from the eight northeastern states, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand are clubbed under the special status category.

Modi will chair the second meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog this morning.

The President is hosting an Iftar party today and the guest list includes leaders of all major political parties apart from diplomats.

The timing of Modi's meeting with the chief ministers of the northeastern states would coincide with that of the Iftar being hosted by the President.

(With IANS inputs)

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