The former Samajwadi Party general secretary, Amar Singh, who is being quizzed by the Delhi police and the CBI in connection with the cash-for-vote scam, reportedly met D.K. Adikesavulu, a former TDP Member of Parliament from Chittoor, near here on Tuesday.
Mr. Adikesavulu, a business magnate and Bangalore-based liquor baron, was one of the two TDP MPs who were suspected to have cross-voted in favour of the Manmohan Singh government during the vote-of-confidence moved by the UPA government on the India-U.S. civil nuclear deal issue. The TDP leadership had suspended Mr. Adikesavulu from the party.
Mr. Amar Singh, who reportedly reached a private resort at Chittoor late on Monday night, is said to have been closeted with Mr. Adikesavulu for a few hours before leaving for Chennai early in the morning.
It is not known whether it was the cash-for-vote probe which led to a hurried meeting between the two or some other major political development like the crisis in the BJP-led Karnataka government, where Mr. Adikesavulu enjoys clout both in political and industrial circles.
Encountered by journalists as he was leaving for Chennai after visiting the Venkateswara temple at Chittoor, owned by Mr. Adikesavulu, Mr. Amar Singh said there was no need to read too much into the meeting. “I have come here to offer prayers in the temple, accepting an invitation from Adikesavulu.” Hindu