Jayalalithaa meets PM Narendra Modi, remains vague on outside support to NDA govt
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday evening met Narendra Modi in the national capital for the first time after he became the Prime Minister on May 26.
According to reports, although the AIADMK chief remained vague on outside support to BJP, possibilities are high that Jaya may provide issue-based support to the BJP in the Rajya Sabha.
Jayalalithaa told reporters after the meeting that the PM was very receptive to the state`s demands.
Denying media reports that after meeting with PM, she may put forward some of her list of issues, Jayalalithaa clarified that she has not appealed for any special package to PM seeking financial aid for the state.
While sharing the details of the meeting, the Tamil Nadu CM said, since the NDA government has got a complete majority, they do not need any support. However, she added that if situation arises, they will see whether AIADMK will support the BJP in the Rajya Sabha or not.
Asked if her party will support the BJP in Rajya Sabha, where it is in minority, Jayalalithaa said: "We will see when situation arises."
Jayalalithaa further said that, she stressed on the need for a Cauvery Management Board to put in place a monitoring mechanism to ensure that the state gets its rightful share of water during the year. She added that she had been assured by the Prime Minister that he will look into the issue.
The AIADMK chief also said that she had submitted a memorandum to the PM on Mullaperiyar dam issue. She also appealed for necessary steps to be taken with regard to the use of 15% power which still remains to be allocated in the state.
"There has to be a supervisory committee to oversee the raising of the water level. The committee should consist of three persons, one to be appointed by Tamil Nadu government, one to be appointed by Kerala government and one to be appointed by the Central Water Commission. We in Tamil Nadu have appointed our member, Kerala has also appointed its member, so I urged the Prime Minister to expedite the nomination of a member from the Central Water Commission so that before the southwest monsoon sets in in earnest, the water level can be raised to 142 feet," she added, PTI reported.
She further said, " In the memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister, I request that India should sponsor a resolution in the United Nations condemning the genocide in Sri Lanka and to hold to account all those responsible for the genocide and thereby render justice to Tamils in Sri Lanka."
According to the memorandum, copies of which were distributed to the media here, Jayalalithaa sought a comprehensive special package for the fisheries sector involving a sum of Rs 1,520 crore and a recurring grant of Rs.10 crore per annum.
She also sought central assistance to the tune of Rs 2,250 crore for setting up solar power transmission infrastructure.
Jayalalithaa also urged the central government to release the Rs 1,576.87 crore shortfall in central grants and Rs 7,039.96 crore towards central sales tax compensation.
The memorandum also urged the central government to fund 50 percent cost of the three desalination water projects planned in the state involving an outlay of Rs 8,442.53 crore.
On the transport infrastructure projects, Jayalalithaa wanted central investment in the railway projects mentioned in the state government`s Vision 2023 documents at an outlay of Rs 188,400 crore.
Tamil Nadu also wants central funding for expressway projects involving an investment of Rs 21,320 crore and also for the peripheral ring road project to the tune of around Rs 4,800 crore - 40 percent of the total project cost.
She also sought substantial central funding of the Rs 10,000 crore scheme for modernisation of the police force including housing facilities.
The CM also requested a separate line of assistance for an underground sewage system involving a total project cost of Rs 20,820 crore and considerable central funding for urban housing schemes at an outlay Rs 29,200 crore.
The memorandum also sought sanction for various river linking projects and also for modernisation of the canal system in the Cauvery Basin at a total outlay of Rs 18,949 crore.
The AIADMK chief also met President Pranab Mukherjee while three Union ministers today called on her during her visit to the national capital.
Minister for Communications & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Pon Radhakrishnan met Jayalalithaa here and held discussions.
"It was a courtesy call... Certain other issues of development concerning my department were also discussed. I, in particular, referred to the scope for development of electronics manufacturing in Tamil Nadu, which she also agreed," Prasad told reporters after the meeting.
Radhakrishnan said he discussed about BHEL and Hindustan
Photo Films Company Limited, a PSU functioning under the Department of Heavy Industry, situated in the state.
Asked whether AIADMK should extend support to the NDA government in the Rajya Sabha, Radhakrishnan replied that all political parties must come forward to support the present government.
Earlier, Jayalalithaa didn`t attend Modi`s swearing-in ceremony as Prime Minister, after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was invited to the event.
The TN CM is a bitter critic of Rajapaksa, whose regime is accused by critics of killing thousands of innocent Tamils during the final stages of the war that crushed the Tamil Tigers in 2009.
With agency inputs
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