Four Congress chief ministers along with Karnataka's Chief Minister met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday in order to discuss issues regarding their respective states, especially the ones related to farmers and tribals, to be taken up at the NITI Aayog meeting.

The Congress CM’s who were present were Madhya Pradesh’s Kamal Nath, Rajasthan’s Ashok Gehlot, Puducherry’s V Narayansamy, Chhattisgarh’s Bhupesh Baghel. Karnataka’s Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) (Janata Dal-Secular) is heading a coalition government with the Congress in the state was also present. The meeting was held at the Congress headquarters here.

Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) (Janata Dal-Secular) is heading a coalition government with the Congress in Karnataka.

The politicians discussed the proposed agenda and issues of their respective states to be taken up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the NITI Aayog meeting.

According to News18, the issues discussed in the meet were injecting life back into water bodies, fresh efforts needed from the Centre in the agricultural sector and amendment in the Forest Act to bring about change and prosperity in the lives of the tribals.

The CMs of the Congress-ruled states are expected to raise key farmers issues and also share the benefits of the loan waiver scheme implemented by them at the NITI Aayog meeting.

The fifth meeting of the Niti Aayog's Governing Council is likely to focus on issues like the drought situation, farm distress, rainwater harvesting and preparedness for Kharif crops.

The five-point agenda for the meeting also includes aspirational districts programme, transforming agriculture and security related issues with special focus on left-wing extremism (LWE) districts.

After coming in power again, this is the first governing council meeting which will be attended by chief ministers, lieutenant governors of Union Territories, Union ministers and senior government officials.