Jaya meets Modi, has words of praise

After her first meeting with the PM at his South Block office, Jayalalithaa returned to Tamil Nadu House in the capital. Speaking to the media, she said, ‘The prime minister was very receptive. He gave me a very patient hearing and promised to do the needful. Having been a chief minister himself for 13 years, he knew the difficulties faced by chief ministers of states. He will do everything in his power so that the needs of Tamil Nadu are met.’ Prior to her meeting with Modi, she also met President Pranab Mukherjee.'

Asked if she would join the NDA, the chief minister clearly said, ‘There was no such talk or proposal. The NDA, in fact the BJP, has got an independent majority. They do not need support from outside. Jayalalithaa said the discussion also focused on inter-state river water sharing rows, including Cauvery and Mullaperiyar issues.

Jayalalithaa clarified there was no demand of a financial package for the state. ‘Contrary to the reports, I have not made any special demand for a financial package for the state. Rather, I have pointed out there are many allocations made since 2010 which have not actually been delivered to Tamil Nadu.’

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