New Delhi: Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa on Thursday walked out of the National Development Council (NDC) meeting accusing the Centre of “stifling” the voice of chief ministers by restricting their speeches to 10 minutes.
Coming out of the Vigyan Bhawan, the venue of the meeting presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, she said it was a “big humiliation” for her to be stopped from completing her speech at the NDC meeting.
She said the Centre came out with a “new method” of limiting the speeches of chief ministers to 10 minutes which was not enough to articulate their views.
Sources said each chief minister was allotted 10 minutes and was forewarned. Jayalalithaa had come to Page 10 out of her 28-page speech when the bell rang, they said. Jayalalithaa immediately left for Chennai cutting short her stay.