COIMBATORE: Differing from his colleague Piyush Goyal on the issue of accessibility to TN CM Jayalalithaa, Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said he had met her twice in the last 22 months and discussed various State issues.
Speaking to reporters here, Venkaiah Naidu said, “I got appointment from the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, and met her twice in these 22 months to discuss the issues in the State. Everybody will have different experience and Piyush Goyal may have made his comment purely from his own experience.”
He also said that the people were waiting for a change and the BJP would be the change to give them a good government.
“For the past 50 years, both the Dravidian parties have ruled the State. They did not give good government. The BJP’s is the only government that can change people’s life,” he added.
While speaking with the industrialists in the city, Naidu said, “As far as Coimbatore is concerned, we are ready to make whatever facility the industrialists need. The airport extension project is waiting for land acquisition process. Once the State Government completes the land acquisition, we will complete the rest of the works.”
Industrialists have also requested a four-lane highway, which will be conveyed to the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, and he will look into the issue, once the State Assembly election is over, he added.
He also said that GST amendment was yet to pass and it is because of the Congress, which opposed it in the Rajya Sabha.
“We have received some feedback from the industrialists regarding the online accounting process. We will reconsider it and will talk to the new State government after the election. As a model code of conduct was imposed, I cannot let out the upcoming process,” he added. On the GAIL issue, he said, “Gas pipelines are necessary. They should be laid for the development. But at the same time, the farmers have to be compensated with the actual value.”