Srikakulam: Seemingly taking a cue from Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli, Telugu Desam Party's Lok Sabha MP Kinjarapu Ram Mohan Naidu has applied for paternity leave from Parliament as he and his wife are expecting their first child.

Ram Mohan Naidu from Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh has written to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla requesting nine days' leave.

"I am elated to inform you that my wife and I are expecting to welcome a child into this world sometime next week. I am eager to stay by her side during the last phase of her pregnancy, and for a few days post the coming of the baby. I would like to take a paternity leave of nine days between January 29th and February 10th. As you are well aware, in addition to nutrition, nurturing relationships and a secure environment in the early days of a child's life shape its well-being and cognitive development," he wrote to the speaker.

The MP said that he is looking forward to being an equal contributor in the progress of their child, as he believes that the childcare should not be the sole responsibility of the mother.

Ram Mohan Naidu said he has been actively participating in the debates and issues pertaining to country's welfare and the rights of people of Srikakulam along with Andhra Pradesh. But at the current moment, as a responsible husband and soon-to-be father, he wishes to be by the side of my wife and child.

Naidu informed the House that he would be attending the Lok Sabha budget session from February 11.

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