Got positive assurance from Modi on demands: Jayalalithaa

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Got positive assurance from Modi on demands JayalalithaaNew Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday to raise demands concerning her state, said she had got assurances that whatever was necessary would be done.

Jayalalithaa told reporters after the meeting that the prime minister was very receptive to the state’s demands.

“He gave me a patient hearing and promised to do the needful,” she said.

It was Jayalalithaa’s first meeting with Modi since he became the prime minister.

She said Modi told her that he had been a chief minister for 13 years and knew of difficulties faced by the chief ministers and he would everything his power to see that needs of Tamil Nadu were met.

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Among demands raised by Jayalalithaa were those relating to funds for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan or universal literacy mission and allocation of unallocated power generated by central utilities in the state.

Answering queries, she said there was no proposal to join the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance.

Asked if her party will support the NDA government from outside, Jayalalithaa said the alliance has a majority on its own.

“The NDA has got independent majority. For that matter, the BJP has got independent majority. They do not need outside support,” she said.

Asked if her party will support the BJP in Rajya Sabha, where it is in minority, Jayalalithaa said: “We will see when situation arises.”