Stalin to meet prez today, meeting with PM deferred

Chief Minister MK Stalin, who reached New Delhi on Sunday, is set to meet President Ram Nath Kovind today to invite him to unveil the portrait of the late Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in the State Assembly. However, the proposed meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Mekedatu dam issue has been deferred, sources said.

Stalin had planned to meet Modi during his visit to Delhi to urge the Union government not to accord permission to Karnataka to build the Mekedatu dam but as the monsoon session of Parliament is set to commence on Monday, Stalin deferred his meeting with the Prime Minister. However, all demands of the State government will be present in the memorandum, according to sources.

The meeting proposal was mooted after Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa met Modi regarding the dam issue last week. Stalin is also expected to invite Congress leader Sonia Gandhi for unveiling the portrait of Karunanidhi. Sources, however, said that once the President confirms his date, an official announcement will be made by the state government. This is the second visit of Stalin to Delhi after becoming Chief Minister.