Palaniswami meets Modi; demands Bharat Ratna for Jayalalithaa, Annadurai
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Palaniswami meets Modi; demands Bharat Ratna for Jayalalithaa, Annadurai

New Delhi, Oct 8: In the background of a political storm engulfing the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Tamil Nadu politics, state Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a slew of demands including Bharat Ratna for former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and Dravidian icon CN Annadurai.

Mr Palaniswami handed over a 37 page memorandum to the Prime Minister including demands for special funds to implement various welfare schemes in the state.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister also demanded to rename the Chennai Central Railway Station as 'Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MG Ramachandran Central Railway station'.

He pointed out that the Tamil Nadu Cabinet has unanimously recommended to rename the Chennai Central Railway Station after the AIADMK founder in commemoration of his birth centenary.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s meeting with Mr Modi took place when rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran had made an explosive claim that Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam wanted to meet him in September to oust Mr Palaniswami from the Chief Minister’s post.

Responding to the controversy, Mr Palaniswami said “Deputy Chie Minister Thiru O Panneerselvam has given his explanation regarding his meeting with Dhinakaran, I don’t have anything more to comment on that”.

Mr Panneerselvam had confirmed that he met the rebel leader in July last year.

Political observers say that the meeting was significant because the Madras High Court will deliver its verdict in the disqualification of 18 MLAs soon that will decide the AIADMK government’s future.

If the High court quashes the Speaker’s decision to disqualify the MLAs, the government will become a minority, and if the court upholds the decision, the party has to face by-polls in these constituencies, considered to be a mammoth task for the ruling regime against the DMK and Dinakaran.

Reacting to rumors of allying with the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha polls, the Chief Minister said that they will decide on alliance once the poll dates are announced.

“ The AIADMK will announce its strategy only after Lok Sabha election dates are announced”, he said.

In the memorandum to Prime Minister, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said that in view of the contributions made by Annadurai to Tamil Nadu in particular and India as a whole, the Tamil Nadu Cabinet had unanimously passed a resolution that the late leader should be honoured with the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.

“I request the Prime Minister to kindly confer the “Bharat Ratna” on Late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru C.N. Annadurai, posthumously”, he said.

He also said that the Late Chief Minister, ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’ Amma was astute, diplomatic and independent as a political leader.

“She had endeared herself to the people of Tamil Nadu by her words and deeds and her legacy lives on. People, particularly women adore her as their “AMMA”. She was nationalistic in her outlook and progressive in her thinking. She tirelessly strove for the betterment of Tamil Nadu and Tamils. She rightly deserves the highest civilian award of our country, the “Bharat Ratna”, it said.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister demanded to release of second installment of Basic and Performance Grant for the year 2017-18 and first installment of Basic Grant for the year 2018-19 to Local Bodies.

He also requested to setting up of AIIMS at Thoppur in Madurai district and constitute a permanent flood mitigation in Chennai.

“Not to further process of the Feasibility Report of Mekedatu Project of Karnataka”, the Chief Minister demanded.

Mr Palaniswami also demanded setting up a government Dental College at Virudhunagar and medical college at Ramanathapuram.(UNI)