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.
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 said 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 per cent power which still remains to be allocated in the state.
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.