Stalin meets Modi, presents memorandum with 25 demands

Tamilnadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday said he has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the state and cancel the Centre’s preliminary nod for Mekedatu dam in Karnataka.

On his maiden visit to the national capital after assuming office as Chief Minister last month, MK Stalin urged PM Modi to grant citizenship to Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Act and the three farm laws.

Raising the level of Mullaperiyar dam, priority for river-linking initiatives, scrapping NEET, finding a permanent solution to the travails of fishermen at the hands of Sri Lankan Navy, completing work for AIIMS at Madurai in Tamil Nadu were among the other issues he raised.

Stalin, who called on Modi, said he urged the Prime Minister to immediately operationalise the union government’s vaccine manufacturing facilities in Tamilnadu.

While one facility is at Chengelpet near Chennai, another is in the Nilgiris district.

“I have given a memorandum to the Prime Minister,” he told reporters after his 30-minute meeting with PM Modi which he described as satisfactory. Asked about the release of seven Rajiv Gandhi case
convicts, he said the state government’s recommendation on their release was with the Centre now (forwarded by Governor Banwarilal Purohit to President Ram Nath Kovind).

Also, a related matter was in court and the government would formulate its stance in accordance with the legal proceedings, he added.