Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Working President MK Stalin said on Saturday that the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu must support the Telugu Desam Party’s no-confidence motion against the Centre, IANS reported. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is an Opposition party in Tamil Nadu.
Stalin said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami should back the no-trust motion so that the Centre could be pressured to set up the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee. On March 15, the state Assembly had passed a resolution asking the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government to set up the two bodies.
Stalin claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unwilling to meet the representatives of all political parties from Tamil Nadu. He added that though the Supreme Court had ordered the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee, the government was delaying it due to the upcoming Assembly elections in Karnataka.
Stalin said Palaniswami should have “at least a drop of the anger, feeling, dedication and guts that [Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister] Chandrababu Naidu has shown”, India Today reported. Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party quit the National Democratic Alliance over the issue of grant of a special category status to the state, and introduced a no-confidence motion in Parliament on Friday.
However, a senior All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader told IANS on condition of anonymity that the party would take a decision on the no-confidence vote.