Jayalalithaa in Delhi: BJP seeks alliance with AIADMK, but Amma to push for funds

Back from the high decibel National Executive Meet in Allahabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ready to host Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who arrived in Delhi on Tuesday. This is her first visit to Delhi after AIADMK's landslide victory in the recently held Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. Her last visit to Delhi was in 2014 when the NDA government came to power.

Jayalalithaa met the Prime Minister at 7 Race Course Road and submitted a 94-page memorandum. Development and welfare funds for tackling natural disasters and calamities, formation of Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee for the implementation of the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and Mullaperiyar issue, and arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan navy are part of the agenda.

Discussions on AIADMK's support in the Rajya Sabha for key legislative business where it has 13 members and Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill were on the cards. In the memorandum, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has said that the Centre should accept AIADMK's amendments to GST Bill and Tamil should be made one of the official languages.

Jayalalithaa is also likely to bring up the release of seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case with the Prime Minister. Live Mint reported that the Tamil Nadu chief minister is also likely to seek central funds for the implementation of phased prohibition, and urge that the common entrance exam National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for MBBS and dental courses is “not forced.”

What's on Narendra Modi's agenda? The AIADMK has 37 Lok Sabha MPs and 13 MPs in the Rajya Sabha and is the third largest party in Parliament. Modi is likely to ask Jayalalithaa to join the NDA government as the BJP top brass is interested in an alliance.

A senior AIADMK leader told The Indian Express, that the party is not likely to gain anything from the alliance. He said that the NDA wants AIADMK's support in Rajya Sabha and for the municipal elections which will be held in Tamil Nadu later this year, but the party is unlikely to get into an unconditional alliance with the BJP.

According the report, Jayalalithaa is also likely to meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Tamil Nadu House.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Jun 14, 2016 19:50:18 IST

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