Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said that there would be a friendly government at the Centre after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Speaking at the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Adyar Cancer Institute, the Chief Minister said her request for upgradation of the institute as an autonomous National Cancer Research Institute was pending with the Centre for approval.
She recalled that the Institute, even while functioning as an NGO, had rendered excellent service. As such, the status of the institute should be more than that of a tertiary cancer institute; it should be elevated to the status of a Centre of Excellence — an autonomous National Cancer Research Institute.
“We are awaiting the approval of the government of India. If the approval from the Centre fails to materialise, I solemnly assure Dr Shanta, chairperson of the institute that next year there will be a friendly government at the Centre and it will immediately give the necessary approval,” she said.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had made a similar remark on August 29, 2012, when she was speaking at a function wherein music duo of Tamil film industry — M S Viswanathan-T K Ramamurthy were honoured.
Recalling that her recommendation to the Centre for according Padma award for this music duo was declined by the Centre, she said, “The denial of national awards for these veterans really pains me… there will be a time when the government at the Centre would listen to my words and I will ensure that these veterans are honoured,” Jayalalithaa said amidst applause from the audience.
Time and again, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has been accusing the UPA government at the Centre of adopting a step-motherly treatment towards the Tamil Nadu government’s efforts to resolve the problems faced by the people and exhorting the AIADMK cadre to tirelessly work to win all 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the 2014 Lok Saba elections.