Jayalalithaa meets PM, DMK watches closely

Jayalalithaa meets PM, DMK watches closely
New Delhi Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who is on a 2-day visit to New Delhi, is meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence today. She is expected to discuss the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils and various developmental projects in her state.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister arrived in New Delhi on Monday on a two-day politically significant visit with both Congress and DMK keenly watching her signals.

"Both we and the DMK have stated clearly our position. If a newly elected Chief Minister meets the Prime Minister that's part of governance," said Manish Tiwari, Congress spokesperson.

The Congress tried to play down the visit but kept the suspense around her visit.

Importance of Jayalalithaa's visit can be gauged just by standing outside Tamil Nadu House as supporters and top notch politicians called on her.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was among the first few visitors. And predictably she said it was a call from one woman Chief Minister to another.

The Congress has its reasons for treading cautiously. Keen to make in-roads down South, the Amma is being wooed by the BJP as well.

So if Narendra Modi attended her swearing in ceremony, Ravi Shankar Prasad made a courtesy call on her soon after she arrived in the Capital.

"It was a courtesy call but we talked national politics," said Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP leader.

And while BJP showed interest, the Left ensured their southern ally is kept in good humour.

"It was a courtesy call. We have not discussed any political issue," said D Raja, CPI National Secretary.

So even as Congress swears by their current ally, the DMK, Sheila Dikshit meeting Jayalalithaa sends a strong signal. Long before the elections, Jayalalithaa had offered her support to the Congress-led coalition at the Centre if it dumped the DMK.
Story First Published: June 12, 2011 12:27 IST

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