TN CM Stalin meets PM Modi; urges Centre not to give its nod for Karnataka’s Mekedatu project

Prime News, National, Water, New Delhi, April 1:- Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday (March 31) met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and requested the Prime Minister to direct the Ministry of Jal Shakti not to give its nod for Karnataka government’s Mekedatu project across the Cauvery River or for any new reservoir project of that State in the Cauvery basin.

“The Cauvery Water Management Authority should be told to disapprove the Mekedatu project and Karnataka asked not to take up any new project construction without Tamil Nadu’s prior consent,” he added.

Opining that the National Education Policy, 2020, may be revoked, he said in the memorandum that any attempt to make a third language mandatory or to make a socially unfamiliar language like Sanskrit as a compulsory option as envisaged in the NEP will become an imposition and put the students of Tamil Nadu at a serious disadvantage.

“Tamil Nadu will therefore continue to follow the two language policy (of Tamil and English) which is in practice now,” he said.

“An education policy should be in tune with the economic policy of the government,” he said in the memorandum and claimed that States concerned should be given complete freedom to take steps in a manner that is based on the socio-cultural moorings of the State.

Allowing Tamil Nadu government to fill all professional seats including MBBS / BDS/ AYUSH courses on basis of Class 12 marks alone, ensuring about 2,000 medical students who returned from Ukraine owing to the raging crisis, to pursue their education in the State, providing a preferential allotment to Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor and allocate the test facilities to the Corridor, establishing two DRDO labs in TN Defence Corridor nodes, providing excess land of Salem Steel Plant for Defence Industrial Park, laying 11 km railway line to Multi Modal Logistic Park (MMLP) at Mappedu were among the numerous demands.

Earlier in the day, he also met Indian National Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the Parliament.

Welcoming Stalin to Delhi, Gandhi went to meet him in the DMK office in Parliament and said she came to say ‘Vanakkam’ to him and will meet him again during his party office inauguration in the national capital on April 2.
Stalin greeted her with a shawl. The DMK chief is on a three-day visit to the national capital and is scheduled to meet several top leaders.

DMK is inaugurating its party office in the national capital on April 2 and has invited leaders from various parties including the BJP and the Congress, the party MP Kanimozhi said. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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