Jayalalithaa meets PM Modi, does not rule out support to BJP govt in RS

Jayalalithaa presented a 65-page memorandum which included demands for additional allocation of resources for Tamil Nadu

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 3, 2014 8:49 pm
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. ( Source: PTI ) Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister 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 did not rule out the support of her party AIADMK to his government in the Rajya Sabha where the ruling NDA is in a minority.

She met Modi in his office for the first time since he became the Prime Minister.

During the 50-minute meeting, Jayalalithaa presented a 65-page memorandum which included demands for additional allocation of resources for Tamil Nadu and expediting formation of a sub-committee for the Mullaperiyar Dam after the Supreme Court order to raise its water level to 142 feet.
After the meeting, she said, it was “very useful”.

Asked if AIADMK would join NDA, the party chief said there is “no proposal”.

Queried about the possibility of AIADMK supporting NDA from outside, she replied, “NDA has got an independent majority. For that matter the BJP itself has got an independent majority. They don’t need support from outside.”

Asked if AIADMK will support the NDA in the Rajya Sabha, Jayalalithaa did not rule it out, saying “We will see when that situation arises.”

While BJP alone has an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha, it lacks crucial numbers in the Rajya Sabha and may have to seek the support of smaller regional parties in the Upper House to get certain crucial legislations passed.

BJP has a total of 42 members in Rajya Sabha, while AIADMK has 10 Rajya Sabha members in the 243-member Upper House whose
current strength is 231. In the Lok Sabha, AIADMK is the third largest party with 37 seats.

Among her demands, Jayalalithaa also sought constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board, additional allocation of power from central generating units, Chennai Metro Rail extension and a host of other developmental projects including those in agricuylture, urban development and industrial development.

She also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and put forth her demands.

A statement issued by the Finance Ministry said the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister discussed the financial issues relating to her state with Jaitley as also Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram and Expenditure Secretary P Watal.

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    BigB
    Jun 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm
    Even if you add 10 AIDMK and 4 BJD Rajya Sabha MPs to BJP's 42, it's 56. No where close to 116 they need. How will they p any bill.
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      BigB
      Jun 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm
      They are friends, they will definitely help each other out.
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        Durgesh Nandan
        Jun 4, 2014 at 10:30 am
        In Calcutta, a cricket match win turned a fake celebration into a mob frenzy followed by routine police brutality; owners of the cricket clubs -- mostly Bollywood film stars and political mafia - made billions, and billions more in black money overnight turned white.
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          Durgesh Nandan
          Jun 4, 2014 at 10:30 am
          Indian democracy need maturity of defited leaders. Where are they? They have not been kidnapped. They have not committed suicide. If anything like this had happened to these blokes, Arnie-Go would have gone haywire. So, folks, where are they? Should a SIT be consuted for a probe?
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            Durgesh Nandan
            Jun 4, 2014 at 10:31 am
            It is said that a Faqeer used to hide his talents the way a beautiful girl hides her body. And if people came to know the talents of that Faqeer, he would migrate from that place to another to hide his talents.
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              Durgesh Nandan
              Jun 4, 2014 at 10:30 am
              Just a few hundred miles away from state capital, poor village women have been gang raped, forced to drink acid, and hanged from trees, followed by liberals' candle light vigils and routine political rhetoric.
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                Durgesh Nandan
                Jun 4, 2014 at 10:29 am
                Politics in India is going through a change. Political parties also must change. The challenge is how the Congress changes. According to Mr Kamalnath, even in the worst case scenario Congress had more than 100 Lok Sabha MPs.
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                  Durgesh Nandan
                  Jun 4, 2014 at 10:29 am
                  So many politicians have just vanished after the elections. P Chidambaram, Shinde, Manish Tewari, Mayawati, Mulla-yam, Laloo boy, Rahul hi, Nitish Kumar...... Where are they? Not a single word out of them.
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                    Durgesh Nandan
                    Jun 4, 2014 at 10:31 am
                    Unfortunately now-a-days, exhibitionism has become part of intellectualism. Humility should be the first principle of any form of intellect.
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                      Durgesh Nandan
                      Jun 4, 2014 at 10:29 am
                      Well said Mr Kamalnath, Several factors have contributed to the Congress's coming down to 44 seats. It does not depend just on Rahul hi and Sonia hi. Every senior leader in the party must realise that change is necessary.
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