Demand for 'Dravida Nadu': Hope such a situation arises, says DMK's Stalin

Tamil Nadu MK Stalin asks AIADMK government to back TDP’s no-confidence motion against Centre

DMK Working President MK Stalin | PTI

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.

Mr. Stalin said it was unlikely that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would agree to meet a DMK delegation to discuss the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board, given that he had refused to give an appointment to an all-party delegation earlier. If his party had representation in the Lok Sabha, DMK would have immediately supported the move, he said.

"The State government, led by the AIADMK, should come forward to take such a step and when it does that, we in the opposition will follow suit", he said.

Stalin's comments come after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister's Telegu Deshum Party (TDP) broke away from the National Democratic Alliance after the state was denied Special Category Status by the Modi Government.

Responding to queries from media persons, Stalin clarified that when scribes in Erode asked him about the rising demand for Dravida Nadu, he had said he would welcome that.

Blaming the BJP-led Centre for its "big brother attitude", the DMK leader said his party was duty-bound to welcome TDP's decision as an organisation committed to States' autonomy.

"I was posed a question by reporters yesterday at Erode. We hope that such a situation arises".

The DMK's Dravida Nadu aimed at creating a separate state for those in the south.

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. "Even now, the southern states are being neglected by the Centre and hence such a demand is being raised again", he added.

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