Edited by Bhanu Priya Vyas
| Monday July 18, 2016, New Delhi
With the Centre indicted by the Supreme Court for wrongly orchestrating the removal of Congress governments in both Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, several chief ministers used a weekend meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ask that his government respect and promote the cooperative federalism that he pledges repeatedly.
The Inter-State Council session, held on Saturday in Delhi, brought the PM face-to-face with long-time political opponents like Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar.
It was Mr Kumar who delivered a headline-making request for the abolition - or, at the very least, a huge overhaul- of the post of Governors, who, the opposition alleges, work at the Centre's behest in undermining non-BJP governments by seizing flimsy excuses for the Centre to govern states directly through President's Rule.