After meeting Modi, Jaya signals ‘issue-based’ support to govt in RS

Jayalalithaa handed over a 65-page memorandum to Modi listing out the state’s demands.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Published:June 4, 2014 1:25 am
Narendra Modi with J Jayalalithaa at a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Source: PTI) Narendra Modi with J Jayalalithaa at a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and signalled that the AIADMK could provide issue-based support to his government in the Rajya Sabha where it is in a minority. Keen to re-establish its friendly ties with the Dravidian party, the BJP too walked the extra mile sending three of its ministers, including Ravi Shankar Prasad, to Tamil Nadu House to meet and greet her.

Jayalalithaa and Modi — known to share a good rapport with each other — had crossed swords during the election campaign. She did not attend his swearing-in as well apparently because of the invitation extended by Modi to the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. On Tuesday, both Modi and Jayalalithaa signalled their intention to bury the past and start afresh. The meeting lasted for around 50 minutes.
“It was very useful and I hope it will prove to be rewarding,” she said afterwards.

Three ministers — Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman and P Radhakrishnan — then met the CM separately. Sources said that Jayalalithaa appeared elated over the defeat of the Congress and told one of the ministers that while Modi decimated the Congress all over the country, she did the same in Tamil Nadu.

However, she is not in a hurry to join the NDA. Sources said that she would prefer to offer issue-based support to the NDA government in the Rajya Sabha and keep open her party’s relevance. The AIADMK has 10 members in the Upper House.

“There was no such talk (of her party joining the NDA) and no such proposal,” she said. On her party supporting  the government from outside, particularly in the Rajya Sabha, she said, “The NDA has got an independent majority. For that matter, the BJP itself has got an independent majority. They do not need support from outside. We will see when the situation arises.”

Jayalalithaa handed over a 65-page memorandum to Modi listing out the state’s demands. “The people of the country have great expectations from you and your government. Tamil Nadu is no exception. We were systematically ignored and discriminated against by the former UPA government, particularly since May 2011 when I assumed office. I look forward to that trend completely changing under your guidance,” she said in a separate letter to Modi.

Her particular focus was on additional allocation of resources for Tamil Nadu, Sri Lankan Tamil issue and expediting the formation of a supervisory committee for raising the water level in the Mullaperiyar Dam in the wake of the Supreme Court judgement allowing raising of the water level to 142 ft. She also demanded implementation of the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal by setting up the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee.

She also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and spoke of issues related to Goods and Services Tax, release of pending claims for compensation due to central sales tax rate reduction, shortfalls in release of central grants amongst others.

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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 4, 2014 at 9:49 am
    A Majority of Muslims live in democracies - over 2/3rd, check out Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, stan, India, Turkey... central Asian Nations etc. We need to get rid of monarchies and dictatorships... it will happen one by one.
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      Abhishek Kumar
      Jun 4, 2014 at 9:48 am
      According to the Pew Report on Global Restrictions on World Religions, India has the 2nd highest rate of social hostilities against religious minorities in the world, next only to stan...and its not a one time affair.
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        Abhishek Kumar
        Jun 4, 2014 at 9:49 am
        Humans, no matter who and where they live, they want to be free - free to believe what they want, eat and where what pleases them. From among them they select a few to administer those common wishes for the common good. Democracy is inherent in every human soul. No one likes a dictator or a monarch - but when things get extreme, people will take it up.
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          Abhishek Kumar
          Jun 4, 2014 at 9:48 am
          In the recent years, when we speak what we believe, and the other person doesn't agree we are immediately labeled, bigot, racist or phobic..stead of hearing and debating an issue in peace we sling insults... which in turns stops the flow of dialog and then the "acceptable idea" is now never opposed or challenged because the people are afraid to express their opinions.
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            Abhishek Kumar
            Jun 4, 2014 at 9:48 am
            India has been competing with stan on the 'social hostilities against religious minorities in the world' number one spot for the last 5 years. In 2008, it even snatched the Religious Hostilities Cup from stan to become the world champion.
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              Abhishek Kumar
              Jun 4, 2014 at 9:48 am
              Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, etc all would be so proud of the Waltons, Kochs, Coors, Duponts, Gates, & Buffett etc. The same with Ambani, Adani & SRK and the Politician army of goons. Hail Plutocracy! How about hegemony?
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                Abhishek Kumar
                Jun 4, 2014 at 9:48 am
                The difference being is that the gilded age plutocrats actually spread their wealth around somewhat and funded education and the arts.Don't get me wrong, they were evil dirt-bags as well, but at least they weren't the gauche trailer trash elite we have now this country and in India - today.
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                  Abhishek Kumar
                  Jun 4, 2014 at 9:49 am
                  Unless there is a revolution in stan, things are not going to change - even though stan is a democracy, its PM is gutless, he can deploy the army for law and order... place curfews and bring things under control.
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