Jaya calls alignment with UPA premature, slams DMK
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister demands economic package for her state and wants India to press Sri Lanka on the rights of its Tamil-speaking citizens. Slamming the DMK, she said the party is paying the price of mistakes.delhi Updated: Jun 14, 2011 13:32 IST
Chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the first time since storming to power in Tamil Nadu last month, armed with a resolution on the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka and seeking an economic package for her state.
Jayalalithaa met Singh for about 20 minutes at the latter's 7 Race Course Road residence. She described her meeting with the Prime Minister as "very pleasant" and said her government's relationship with the Centre was good.
Jayalalithaa demanded that union textiles minister Dayanidhi Maran resign because of allegations against him in the 2G telecom scandal. Slamming the DMK, her political opponent in Tamil Nadu and a partner in the central government, she said the party is paying the price of mistakes.
The AIADMK chief, who led her party to a resounding victory in the assembly polls last month, raised the precarious power situation in her state with the prime minister and called for the central government's intervention in Sri Lanka to secure the proper rehabilitation of Tamils there.
The state assembly had last Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution urging the Indian government to impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka and approach the United Nations to declare those responsible for the "genocide" in the island country as war criminals.
The AIADMK chief has also condemned the attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen on the sea, alleged by the Sri Lankan Navy.
All eyes were on the meeting in the backdrop of strained Congress-DMK ties over the jailing of the latter's leaders A. Raja and Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, in a corruption case being probed by CBI. DMK is the archrival of Jayalalithaa's AIADMK.