TN CM Jayalalitha Meets PM Modi – Support If Necessary

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By Sarkaritel June 4, 2014 09:36

TN CM Jayalalitha Meets PM Modi – Support If Necessary


By TN Ashok

New Delhi, June 03: Visiting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today opened up the possibility of her AIADMK party supporting BJP in the Upper house of parliament that is the Rajya Sabha, with a cryptic answer: “We will see if the need arises.”

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Jayalalithaa is a known ally of the BJP as she supported their government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999. She is also known to be close to Modi of whom she is an admirer though she did not forge any pre poll alliance with him in the 2004 general elections but kept the option open for a post poll alliance in case of the BJP falling short of a majority.

In view of the BJPs absolute majority in the Lok Sabha, Jayalalitha was non-committal as she said Modi has a majority in the Lok Sabha and does not need her support. On support in the Rajya Sabha, where the NDA is in a minority, the Tamil Nadu chief minister said, “We will see if the need arises.”

Ms Jayalalithaa, who met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for over an hour with perhaps a wishlist for Tamil Nadu, said the Prime Minister “is very receptive and listened to issues… the meeting was resourceful and rewarding.”. “He was Chief Minister and he understands the problems of a state, he promised he will do the needful,” Ms Jayalalithaa said, about a number of problems related to her state that she raised with the PM.

Jayalalitha had her first meeting with PM Modi today, almost a week after he was sworn in as PM. She had  skipped the oath taking ceremony of Modi and his council of ministers to protest the presence there of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, accused by parties in Tamil Nadu of war crimes”and human rights violations.

Much speculation has arisen about today’s meeting between Jayalalitha and Modi following reports that the ruling BJP is discussing a possible alliance with Ms Jayalalithaa, whose party has 10 Rajya Sabha members and is the third largest party in the Lok Sabha with 37 MPs. While the BJP has 282 MPs in the Lok Sabha, a clear majority on its own and 336 along with its allies, it has just 42 members in the 245-seat Upper House, and 64 along with NDA allies.

To push any legislation through the upper house the BJP led NDA needs the support of 123 members.

The Modi-Jayalalitha meet, a closely watched one by political circles and the media, had to be put off by a few hours due to the untimely death this morning of union minister Gopinath Munde after a road accident in the capital. Modi had met with the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik yesterday,  who like Ms Jayalalithaa, is a powerful regional entity having swept his state in the 2014 general elections, winning 20 of 21 seats. He has four Rajya Sabha MPs.

Sarkaritel
By Sarkaritel June 4, 2014 09:36