Jayalalithaa meets PM, talks Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu economy

Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa 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.

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.