On Thursday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a three-day visit to the capital. Stalin is said to have discussed multiple issues with the PM, including the Sri Lankan economic crisis, intending to offer support to the neighbouring country.
The 69-year-old leader reached out to the centre, for its nod to extend support in the form of essential commodities and life-saving medicines and provide aid to Sri Lanka. The island country is dealing with one of the worst economic crises it has ever faced, with long power cuts, fuel shortages at a record low. The country’s stock market also curbed trading amid the record power outages.
In addition to raising concerns over the neighbouring country, Stalin said that the meeting’s purpose was to bring to light several issues for “state’s rights”, including flood relief, the state’s share in central taxation and the allocation of funds for several infrastructural and development projects that were announced by the DMK government.
The Chief Minister also urged Prime Minister Modi to persuade Karnataka not to build a reservoir in Mekedatu, claiming that the project would violate the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling and redirect the first component of uncontrolled flows to Tamil Nadu. The Cauvery Reservoir project was one of the top points of discussion in the 14-point agenda that Stalin submitted to the Prime Minister, during their meeting at the Parliament House.
Stalin is also scheduled to meet union ministers and senior party leaders, Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah during his time in Delhi. He will also be inaugurating DMK’s new office in the capital, on Saturday. As the inauguration is stipulated to be a large affair, the party is likely to invite PM Modi and several other top politicians, according to sources.