Sonia's charge against states not worth reacting: Jaya

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Jayalalithaa
Chennai, Jun 4: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday refused to react to the statement made by Congress President Sonia Gandhi that opposition governments in the states were not cooperating with the Centre in implementing its policies. "The statement doesn't seem worth reacting," she shot back when asked by reporters about the Congress's President's statement made at the Congress Working Committee meeting.

Jayalalithaa was speaking after her arrival from Delhi where she attended a Planning Commission meeting to finalise the state's outlay which was fixed at Rs 28,000 crore. Stating that the Centre's contribution in this was only Rs 3,000 crore, Jayalalithaa took a dig at the Planning Commission saying the exercise to discuss the outlay appeared to mean that her state being told how to spend its own money.

On allegations of human rights violations against those protesting Kudankulam nuclear power plant, the CM said: "We would look into reports (about it)." Earlier in the day, a group of intellectuals including former bureaucrats and academicians had in their report alleged human rights violations. To a question, Jayalalithaa said Indian Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, who recently clinched his fifth world champion title, deserves the country's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.

PTI

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