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Posted on Dec 27, 12:50PM | IBNS
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday walked out of a meeting of all chief ministers at the annual National Development Council (NDC) when she was stopped from delivering her speech in full owing to time limits of ten minutes set for each CM.
The meeting was presided over by the Prime Minister.
The Tamil Nadu chief minister left in a huff saying she was insulted since it is impossible to express everything in ten minutes in the interest of her state and the country at large.
"I had barely began my speech when I was told that my ten minutes are up as a bell rang. This is utter humiliation of a Chief Minister who has come all the way to Delhi," said Jayalalithaa.
"It is impossible to convey the news of the news in ten minutes," said Jayalalithaa.
"There have been many occasions before when chief ministers who support the central government have been allowed to speak," said Jayalalithaa.
She said even Assam Chief Minister was earlier allowed to speak for 35 minutes.
Jayalalithaa said the voices of the chief ministers are being stifled by the centre.
Jayalalithaa's own speech that she was not fully allowed to deliver was full of criticism of the central government for its "undemocratic" approach to the state.