CHENNAI: Showing signs of intensifying their fight for the special package to Andra Pradesh, a delegation of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs, led by CM Ramesh, visited DMK women’s wing leader and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi in Chennai on Monday. They sought the DMK’s support to them when they raise the issue in Parliament during the monsoon session. TG Venkatesh and Murali Mohan, both MPs, were the other members of the delegation.
Talking to reporters after meeting the TDP leaders, Kanimozhi said that her party would extend support to the cause of Andra Pradesh to which the Centre had made promises but failed to deliver.“There were promises made to the people of Andra Pradesh but have not been delivered till today. When they raised the issue (in Parliament), we were with them. We will support them (now also),” she said.
The meeting assumes significance as the TDP has already announced that it would move a no-trust motion against the Centre during the ensuing monsoon session of Parliament.
The TDP MPs handed over to Kanimozhi a letter written by their party leader and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Kanimozhi said, “They have given a letter. Once Stalin comes back (from abroad), I will pass it to him.”
It may be noted that the TDP tried to move a no-confidence motion against the BJP-led Centre in the last session of Parliament. However, its bid could not fructify as the proceedings of the House were disrupted continuously for days together by the AIADMK demanding setting up of the Cauvery Management Board. It drew flak from the Opposition parties who blamed the BJP for engineering the disruption with a view to pre-empting the move to bring in no-trust motion. And, this time it has been reaching out to opposition parties to garner support to their fresh move to bring in the no-confidence motion.