Senior TN Ministers meet Amit Shah, BJP leader meets CM

Two senior Ministers from Tamil Nadu — P Thangamani and D Jayakumar — called on Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the Parliament complex in New Delhi on Monday.

Amid massive protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Population Register (NPR) across the state, Tamil Nadu government rushed its two senior Ministers to New Delhi to meet Home Minister Amit Shah to apprise the situation and discuss the sensitive issue.

Even as two senior Ministers met Shah in New Delhi, BJP General Secretary in-charge of Tamil Nadu P Muralidhar Rao held discussions with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at his official residence in Chennai on Monday evening.

After meeting the CM, Rao said that he met Palaniswami to discuss certain issues informally. He said this was the first time in the history of Tamil Nadu that 11 medical colleges had been sanctioned in a short period of time, and that was the main subject of discussion.

“He was thanking the Central government, and I was sharing a lot of information informally about the medical colleges,” Muralidhar Rao said.

Meanwhile, Jayakumar said, “This is an official visit. It is usual to hold government-to-government talks. There may be several issues, such as finance or policy decisions. We cannot talk about them publicly.” It may be recalled that the State government had sought certain clarifications from the Centre regarding the enumeration exercise.

The AIADMK government is under tremendous pressure to not implement the CAA and NPR in Tamil Nadu. Opposition parties have demanded that the Assembly pass a resolution rejecting CAA and resolving that NPR will not be implemented in the state.