In a significant gesture seen in the the backdrop of the NDA’s push to garner support for its key economic reforms bills in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at her Poes Garden residence.
Though Jayalalithaa was not present during the launch of the National Handloom Day celebrations at the University of Madras here, State Finance Minister O Panneerselvam read out her speech that warmly welcomed Modi.
During his address, the Prime Minister also thanked “Dr Jayalalithaa”, the state government and the people of Tamil Nadu for successfully organising the event. From the function venue, the Prime Minister drove straight to the Chief Minister’s residence. She warmly welcomed him at the doorstep.
The meeting assumes significance in the wake of AIADMK’s broad support to the Modi government on the NDA’s controversial Land Acquisition Bill in the Lok Sabha although Jayalalithaa had raised some reservations on it citing farmers’ concerns ahead of its passage in the Rajya Sabha.