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Jayalalithaa meets Jaitley, seeks addressing of Tamil Nadu's issues

June 3, 2014


New Delhi, June 3 (ANI): After meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

"I raised some of the deep issues faced by Tamil Nadu. Talks also centered on Goods and Services Tax, and the grants that have not yet reached the state. Although in anticipation of these grants we have spent funds from our own budget," said Jayalalithaa.

"I am not looking for any financial package. I want to settle the arrears," she said in response to a query whether she is seeking a financial package for Tamil Nadu.

She also said that the central government has also promised to look into the issues raised by her.

Earlier, Jayalalithaa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said: "The prime minister was very receptive and gave me a patient hearing and promised to do the needful. Having been a chief minister himself for 13 years he knows the difficulties of chief ministers of states and he will do everything so that the Tamil Nadu's needs are met."

Commenting on a question as to whether she would consider joining the NDA, Jayalalithaa said, "There are no such proposals or talks. The NDA has got an independent majority, for that matter the BJP has its own, they do not need outside support."

When asked whether her party will support the Government in the Rajya Sabha, she chose to keep her cards close to chest and said, "We will see when the situation arises."

She also discussed other issues pertaining to power allocation to the state and on reimbursing of revenue to Tamil Nadu. (ANI)

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Source: Asian News International

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