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AIADMK leaders in Delhi, TN CM meets PM Modi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Chennai 

Amid growing speculation over the of the two factions of the in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister K Palaniswami today Prime Minister Modi in Delhi, maintaining that he only discussed exempting the state from the purview of all-NEET exam.

This was the second meeting since last month between the two where Palaniswami took up the issue of exempting the state from NEET, the all-medical college entrance test.

Palaniswami "reiterated the request of exemption from NEET for Tamil Nadu", a brief official release in said today.

Accompanied by Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, the chief minister called on Modi at the office of the Prime Minister in House, the release added.

Stalled negotiations on the of two factions picked up again yesterday after a meeting in

At the meeting presided over by Palaniswami, the party questioned the appointment of TTV Dhinakaran as AIADMK's deputy general secretary.

A resolution passed in the meeting said Dhinakaran's elevation to the post, hours before his aunt Sasikala Natarajan was taken to a jail in Bengaluru, was against party bylaws, a condition for the which former chief minister O Panneerselvam's had been pushing for.

Palaniswami had earlier Modi on the same issue on July 25. He and some of his cabinet colleagues, including Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, also Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

has been seeking exemption from NEET, saying it would benefit its students.

Panneerselvam, the head of the rival faction, is also in Both he and the CM attended Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu's oath-taking ceremony this morning.

Panneerselvam is also trying for an appointment with PM Modi, sources here said. Members of his faction will also meet officials of the Election Commission.

The sources said the Panneerselvam faction will present a copy of yesterday's resolution to the EC.

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First Published: Fri, August 11 2017. 17:32 IST