Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Paneerselvam today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and raised issues concerning the state, including the release of pending funds, but no political developments were discussed. "There were no discussions on politics of the state, however, I put forth state-specific issues including funds that has been pending for the state," he said, adding a memorandum in this regard has been submitted to the prime minister. He said that he had asked the prime minister to release funds for solving issues of drinking water caused by deficient rainfall, Avinashi-Athikadavu groundwater recharge scheme. Apart from it, exempting state from the ambit of NEET, setting up of Cauvery management board and regulatory body were some of the points which Paneerselvam claimed to have raised in the 30-minute long meeting. "The PM also assured that he would take note of issues of farmers who are affected by severe drought," OPS said. Earlier in the day, a counsel of Paneerselvam camp approached the Election Commission urging it to restrain the V K Sasikala faction from using the AIADMK office, and had submitted supporting documents to prove "undemocratic" way in which she was elevated to the party top position.
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