Manmohan denying appointment to TDP for discussing plight of paddy growers, says party MP

Telugu Desam has accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of showing discrimination towards the State by denying appointment to it for discussing the plight of paddy growers who are unable to get remunerative price for the produce.

Addressing a press conference, Telugu Desam MP Nama Nageswara Rao said he had written three letters to the Prime Minister seeking appointment for a delegation headed by party president N. Chandrababu Naidu.

There was no response from him though he had assured in the Lok Sabha that MPs could approach him and his Cabinet colleagues any time.

On the other hand, the Prime Minister readily agreed to meet Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and five farmers from Uttar Pradesh showing his partisanship.

The Prime Minister was not aware of the fact that former Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy had allotted over one lakh acres of agriculture land to industries and special economic zones while Mr. Gandhi made no attempt to visit the State to fight for the farmers' cause.

At another press conference, Telugu Desam Polit Bureau member K. Yerran Naidu said the appropriate time for moving a no confidence motion against Kiran Kumar Reddy government may come soon as its failures were piling up.

But in taking such a decision, the party would not go by the demand raised by YSR Congress president Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy.