AP CM meets several leaders in Central Hall of Parliament


New Delhi/Vijayawada, Apr 3 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu met several leaders including Floor Leaders of various political parties in the Central Hall of Parliament on Tuesday.

Mr Naidu met Farooq Abdullah, Supriya Sule, Jyothiradya Scindia, Jitender Reddy, Veerappa Moily, Rajiv Satav, Sougath Rai, Sharad Pawar, Harsimrat Kaur Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal in the Central hall.

Mr Naidu spoke with AIADMK Floor Leader Venugopal. He urged him to extend support to the No Confidence Motion, being moved by the Telugu Desam Party.

The AIADMK MP told the Chief Minister that he would take a decision after discussing with their high command.

The Chief Minister wanted to meet leaders of various parties excluding the BJP and Congress.

However, he met some Congress and BJP leaders for curtsy, when he saw them in the Parliament.

Earlier, Chandrababu Naidu touched the stairs of Parliament and did ‘namaskar’ with folded hands before entering the Parliament. It may be recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did the same while entering Parliament for the first time.
Significantly, this was a maiden visit of Parliament to Chandrababu Naidu. Another significance to his Delhi visit is that after exiting the NDA, first time he is visiting Delhi and meeting leaders.

Later, talking to media in the Central hall of Parliament, the Chief Minister made it clear that the TDP quit the NDA alliance as the BJP is maintaining close relations with the corruption tainted YSRCP leaders.

He clarified that he was meeting leaders of various political parties as part of his efforts to protect the interests of Andhra Pradesh. His Delhi visit aimed to exert pressure on the Centre to get Re-organisation Act provisions honoured. He alleged that the YSRCP leaders, who were facing trials in corruption cases, were freely going to the PMO.

Mr Naidu also explained the troubles which the AP faced after bifurcation of the state and the attitude of NDA towards AP. Mr Naidu deplored that the Centre extended funds to AP for the development backward districts but withdrawn immediately.