With the BJP providing security cover in the name of alliance, TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu stayed in safe zone despite the cases like Note for Vote. Once out of the alliance, he had to face the notices from the High Court on the defections. The Hyderabad High Court had slapped notices to the 22 defected MLAs including four ministers and the two senior officers of the government, looking after the legislative affairs. The court had also directed them to reply in just two weeks, a period that was not sufficient for Chandrababu Naidu to act on as he is now busy with the budget session.
The defections are not recent. That happened two years ago and there were a couple of petitions filed in the courts in the last two years. But, never the court knocked at Chandrababu Naidu’s door like the Hyderabad High Court the other day. This happened days after Chandrababu Naidu made his two Ministers quit the NDA Cabinet in Delhi. This development is seen as first signal for the country’s senior most politician, as he claims, to have more troubles in the days to come.
Chandrababu Naidu saw tough time in the Rajya Sabha elections with YSR Congress MP P Vijayasai Reddy playing a greater game cornering him. The TDP chief wanted to field a third candidate, either officially or as independent and strip the YSR Congress of winning one seat. But, Vijayasai Reddy had played a game that had fixed the TDP Ministers who tried to establish contacts with the YSR Congress legislators.
According to information available, Vijayasai Reddy had gifted new mobile phones to his 44 MLAs who were asked to use them to trap the TDP leaders trying to buy their votes for the Rajya Sabha elections. The MLAs were well informed about the trap stating that the new mobile instrument would automatically record the voice calls. The sources said that two Ministers and one Rajya Sabha member have contacted half a dozen MLAs of the YSR Congress and were caught bargaining with them for votes. Vijayasai Reddy had collected the recorded voices of the two Ministers and one MP and had submitted the same to the Election Commission complaining the electoral irregularities of the TDP. With this, Chandrababu Naidu got alerted and had dropped the plan to field third candidate. He had even directed his party leaders to stop contacting the YSR Congress MLAs. It was for the first time that Chandrababu Naidu went back on his plans and political moves.
Now, it is said that the case of Note for Vote is also coming up for hearing soon, which he could not stop or manage as he is known for that for all these years. There are enough indications for him from the BJP leaders that the Note for Vote case would come up for hearing once he quits the NDA. It is for this reason he is still waiting in the NDA though he speaks against the BJP government at the Centre.