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Naidu says he had met Jayalalithaa twice

Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu differed from his colleagues’ comments and said Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been accessible for official matters

Naidu says he had met Jayalalithaa twice
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Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said he had met Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa twice and discussed issues related to his ministry, his remarks coming after two of his cabinet colleagues claimed that she was “inaccessible.” 

“That is their experience. I have met her twice and discussed issues related to the ministry,” Naidu told reporters over remarks made by Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Prakash Javadekar. 

Goyal had reportedly, during a speech in New Delhi on March 25, said he was unable to meet Jaya or state ministers during the last 22 months of his tenure. 

“What Piyush Goyal has said is true. That is the experience of people (of the state),” Javadekar, who is also the BJP’s pollin-charge for Tamil Nadu, also said in Delhi on March 29. 

On the BJP’s prospects in the coming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Naidu said the party would reach out to the voters with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s achievements in various fields as they have seen the rules of both AIADMK and DMK. 

“You have seen Aiyya (Karunanidhi), Amma (Jayalalithaa) and now see Bhaiyya (Modi)”, Naidu said.

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