Staff Reporter

Accuses the party of resorting to horse trading to win trust vote; TDP to work with CPI (M) in Centre, State

Naidu claims he rejected Prime Minister’s post on two occasions

Differences between Gutta and Venkateshwar Rao come to the fore

NALGONDA: Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu has dared Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to dissolve the Lok Sabha and seek a fresh mandate from people instead of going for trust vote on July 22.

“Dissolve the House and go for an early election on the issue of the nuclear deal,” he told at a press conference at Chivvemla before kick starting his second leg of “mee kosam” tour in Nalgonda district on Tuesday. Charging the Congress with “resorting to horse trading” in a bid to win the trust vote, Mr. Naidu said: “The Government of India has already lost (the vote) on moral grounds. This is an unethical government and its collapse had started.”

Congress panicking

Mr. Naidu observed that “panic has set in” in the Congress camp. He sought to know as to who were “supplying money” to buy enough members to win the number game in the Lok Sabha. “They are reportedly luring members with money.

They are searching for those who would forego their constituencies after the delimitation of constituencies in the next elections. Who is financing for the lobbying,” he questioned. He observed that the country’s prestige is at stake due to the Congress’ omissions and commissions.

To a question, he clarified that efforts to strengthen the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) would continue despite the decisions taken by Jayalalithaa and Mulayam Singh Yadav. “We are working with Left parties at the Centre and trying to work together in the State too,” he said.

He took exception to the Chief Minister’s comments on the assurances given by him during “Mee Kosam” tour and said that poorer sections were suffering a lot in the Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy’s rule. “We can give away free rice for all with the money he spends on his publicity,” he maintained.

To a question, Mr. Naidu claimed that he had rejected the Prime Minister post twice in the past. “Had I wished so, I would have become the Prime Minister of the country long ago. Though the stalwart leaders asked me to hold the post, I rejected their proposal. I made Gujral the Prime Minister. I don’t have such desire,” he said.

Group feuds in the Telugu Desam district unit came to fore minutes before the press conference. Tension prevailed at the venue as the supporters of the two leaders -- Gutta Sukhender Reddy and Sankineni Vankateswara Rao -- raised slogans against each other. The district unit secretary O.Ramesh of Devarakonda staged dhana at the venue alleging that Mr. Sukhender Reddy’s supporters had roughed him up. However, a group of youngsters led by the Telugu Yuvatha leader Kancharla Bhoopal Reddy, a staunch supporter of Mr. Sukhender Reddy, raised slogans against Mr.Venkateswar Rao.

Mr. Bhoopal Reddy alleged that Mr.Vankateswar Rao manhandled a BC leader Sudhakar Yadav, who later made a complaint with Mr.Naidu.

Asked about the intra party squabbles, Mr.Naidu said that he would take decision on party forum. Meanwhile, Mr.Sukhender Reddy’s brother Gutta Jitender Reddy, who won the chairmanship of Mother dairy in a prestigious battle, met Mr. Naidu and presented him a bouquet.