EPS meets Modi says AIADMK's alliance with BJP will be decided later

EPS meets Modi, says AIADMK’s alliance with BJP will be decided later

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a slew of demands, including preventing Karnataka from constructing a dam across Cauvery river Mekedatu, besides discussing politics.

Speaking to reporters, Palaniswami said, “We will decide on (AIADMK’s) alliance (with BJP) once the poll dates are announced.”

The meeting also gained significance as neither the CM nor his deputy O Panneerselvam could get an audience with PM Modi in Delhi for well over a year.

The meeting also came three days after Panneerselvam admitted to having met Dhinakaran at the height of his ‘dharmayudham’ against the V K Sasikala family in July last year.

The CM said, “I have requested the Prime Minister to allocate Rs 4445 crores for setting up permanent flood mitigation plans and infrastructure in Chennai. We discussed on the need to set up the AIMS Hospital in Madurai as early as possible. Setting up an ordinance factory in Salem was also discussed.”

Answering questions from reporters on the call for his resignation by opposition parties over complaints about corruption in the government, Palaniswami said, ‘If one has to resign for every complaint on paper, everyone in India will have to resign.’

On questions on Pannneerselvam’s meeting with TTV Dinakaran, Palaniswami dismissed it saying that the deputy CM has already given a detailed explanation.