“Finance minister Pradip Amat would attend the meeting on his behalf”, said a source in the chief minister’s office.

At least four of the five Chief Ministers of the region, who head Congress governments in the States, boycotted the NITI Aayog meeting this morning and did not even turn up in the National Capital. But congress accuses the govt of making changes that will cheat farmers and benefits big corporates.

Besides the Congress leaders, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also didn ” t attend the meet, as her Trinamool Congress is against the proposed land bill. Jayalalithaa, who is in the U.S. for treatment, was represented by trusted aide and former chief minister O. Apart from this, reports are that UP CM Akhilesh Yadav will also not attend the meet as he has number of meetings lined up in the day.

This is the second meeting of the Governing Council of the Niti Aayog. The chief ministers of each state are part of the physique’s governing council. Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who was in New Delhi to attend Sonia Gandhi’s iftar party on Tuesday, returned to Guwahati on Wednesday afternoon.

Modi said that after formation of his government, several states had raised concerns with regard to the implementation of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. She had written to PM strongly opposing the land Bill.

The meeting itself was boycotted by Congress chief minister and others, leaving only 16 CMs in the room.

However, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar will attend the meeting.

Just ahead of the crucial Monsoon Session of Parliament, the Congress is clearly posturing itself against the Narendra Modi government. They stalled the bill, using their superior numbers in the Rajya Sabha or upper house together.

“There has been a significant ramp-up in infrastructure investments by the Government of India in the North East since Sri Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister”. Many have noted the irony that a piece of legislation passed with unanimity in Parliament after intensive and lengthy consultations wasn’t permitted a chance to be implemented before the Modi government tried to torpedo its key provisions through amendments. They have held that the amendments go against the interests of farmers and take away the rights of tribal communities and gram sabhas. He said political considerations should not come in the way of a solution that will facilitate development of rural areas and greater prosperity for farmers, the statement said. “This land should be acquired only with the consent of owners, exclusively for public purposes”, he said.