TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy rushed to New Delhi on Thursday evening, a day after he told reporters that he had decided that he would not participate in the ongoing monsoon session in the Parliament.
Despite a whip issued by the party, asking its MPs to be present in the House till Friday and support the no-confidence motion if it comes up for debate in the Lok Sabha, Diwakar had earlier refused to visit the nation's capital.
However, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu spoke to the MP and asked him to rethink his decision. He also assured the senior leader that all issues could be discussed after his return from the Parliament.
"Chandrababu Naidu spoke to Reddy over phone on Thursday evening and explained that the no-trust motion is critical for the future of the state. Since the interests of five crore people are linked to it, Naidu prevailed upon the MP to give up his stance and attend Parliament," the TDP said in a statement.
Two days ago, Diwakar told reporters, “The political atmosphere is not good. Secondly, there is a clash between the state government and the Centre over injustice to Andhra Pradesh. Even Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has worked hard for the cause. But since there was no response from the Centre, our MPs have moved a motion”
“Even though motion is moved, there will be no change. It is just a stage or means to highlight our issue. That’s all,” he added.
When asked about the reason for not following the orders of the party whip, he said, “You can think what you want. I’m not going. I won’t attend the entire session of Parliament.”
Some media reports claimed that Diwakar Reddy was hurt by the move former Union Minister Sujana Chowdary, for not giving him enough attention, while the no confidence motion against the NDA government was being prepared.
However, when asked to comment on it, Diwakar denied this and said that he had no such issues.
The Lok Sabha is all set up to take up the no-confidence motion for debate on Friday.
Seven hours have been set aside for the debate which will begin at 11 am and go on without the lunch break. Officials said as per calculations based on the strength of a party in the House, the BJP will get over three hours and Congress around 45 minutes.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi will take part in the debate which will conclude with a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.