Wednesday, October 18, 2006

AP Govt. talks with naxals not good for nation: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, Oct. 17 (PTI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, today said that talks between the Andhra Pradesh Government and Naxalite groups were not good for the nation and that she was against such initiatives.

The coming together of splinter groups of Naxalites was "dangerous" and would pose a threat to the nation's unity and integrity, she told reporters at the AIADMK headquarters here.

On the Maharashtra Assembly polls, she said the victory of the Congress-NCP combine was due to the efforts taken by Union Agriculture Minister and NCP President Sharad Pawar, and not because of the Congress.

Referring to BJP leader L K Advani's recent remarks that the NDA could not come back to power at the Centre due to its defeat in Tamil Nadu, she said there was no point in ruing the past. "I do not want to talk about the past. I would like to leave all this behind me and look forward," she said.

Asked whether the AIADMK's relationship with the BJP would be renewed now, she said "the time has not come for this."

Asked whether the Government would consider restoring all curtailed financial benefits to its staff, Jayalalithaa said that representatives of government staff associations would meet a group of Ministers at the secretariat on October 19, where this issue would be discussed.

The following day, they would meet her, after which a decision would be taken on the matter.

She claimed that the state's economy, which was in the doldrums when the AIADMK came to power, had been restored due to various steps taken by the Government. This was one of the biggest achievments of her Government, she said.

Asked whether the 12 Ministers from Tamil Nadu in the UPA Government had done anything tangible for the State, she said "They are only talking, but nothing has been done. They did not even bother to meet me." If they wanted to do anything good to the State, her Government was prepared to extend full co-operation, she said.

Asked to name the greatest achivement of her Government, she said it was the new Veeranam drinking water scheme, which is now supplying water to Chennai.

"Everybody criticised me when I launched the scheme. But it has borne results. I have avoided evacuation of residents of Chennai by implementing the scheme," she said.

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