Palanisami meets Modi, silent on tie up with BJP for local polls in TN

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New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapadi K Palanisami met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 24 to seek Centre’s intervention on the setting up of the Cauvery River Management Authority and seeking relief for farmers.
Palanisami’s visit came days after the rival AIADMK faction led by O Pannerselvam meet with the prime minister demanding the same.
“Clearance for the Rs 14,500-crore scheme for the restoration of the Cauvery bed for which the state government has sent a scheme. This should be implemented as a national scheme, he said.
When he was asked about the possible tie up with the BJP for the upcoming local body elections in Tamil Nadu, Palanisami said, “No such political discussions took place with the Prime Minister.”
Besides this, Palanisami said he has handed over a memorandum to Modi containing various demands of the state for Central help in implementing development schemes.
The demands included immediate central approval for setting up of an AIIMS hospital in Tamil Nadu, clearance for the Rs 14,500 crore-scheme for restoration of the Cauvery bed for which the state government has sent a scheme. This should be implemented as a national scheme, he said.
He said that he has urged the Centre to convince the Kerala government to accept Tamil Nadu’s plan for diversion of surplus waters from Pamba, Achankoil and Vaippar rivers to prevent them from going into the sea which will be beneficial to both states.

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