New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa may have walked out of the National Development Council (NDC) meeting on Thursday protesting against 10-minute cap on her speech, but this time limit had already been communicated to the states yesterday.
Secretary in the Planning Commission Sindhushree Khullar had sent a letter to Chief Secretaries of the states conveying that the maximum time permissible to each Chief Minister would be 10 minutes because of time constraints.
"The written speeches of the Chief Ministers/state governments/administrators will be circulated. But due to time constraints, the maximum permissible time that would be allotted for each speaker from the floor is 10 minutes.
"Therefore, for smooth and timely conduct of the meeting, it is requested that the written text of the speech from the floor (10 minutes duration) may be made available to us, preferably in advance. I request you to kindly cooperate in adhering to the time limits," according to Khullar`s letter.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister walked out of the NDC meeting here after she had to stop reading her speech when the 10-minute limit ended.
Jayalalithaa, who was on Page 10 of her 28-page speech at that time, hit out at the central government, accusing it of "stifling" the voice of Chief Ministers by restricting their speeches and termed it as a "big humiliation".