Media reports claimed that Diwakar Reddy was hurt by TDP leader Sujana Chowdary not giving him enough attention, while the motion was being prepared.

TDP MP Diwakar Reddy to stay away from Parliament during no-trust motion triggers row
news Politics Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 08:30

Anantapur Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP JC Diwakar Reddy on Wednesday was in the news yet again for a controversy, after he told reporters that he had decided that he would not travel to New Delhi and participate in the ongoing Parliament session.

This comes 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.

“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,” he told reporters.

“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.

Diwakar Reddy made headlines in June last year when he was caught on camera pushing around staff members of IndiGo airlines at Visakhapatnam airport. The MP also damaged a printer.

Following the incident, he was banned from flying by multiple domestic airlines. However, the ban was later revoked though he did not offer an apology.

The MP, a businessman and the co-owner of Diwakar Travels, had also created a ruckus in October 2016 at the Gannavaram Airport in Vijayawada.

Meanwhile, the BJP-led NDA government and the Opposition dug in for a showdown in the Lok Sabha after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday admitted a no-confidence motion and said it would be taken up on Friday for discussion and voting.

Officials said it is the first no-confidence motion to be faced by any government in the Lok Sabha in 15 years, the last being in August 2003 when the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee who faced the motion brought by the Congress and other parties.

Mahajan, who took up the oposition-backed move after the question hour on the first day of the monsoon session, said she was duty-bound to put it before the House.

She said Kesineni Srinavas of the TDP was the first to give his no-confidence notice. She asked him to read out the motion, which was supported by over 50 members, including those from the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party and CPI-M.


IANS inputs