BJP seeks disqualification of two TDP MPs

Sujana Chowdary C M Ramesh

The Bharatiya Janata Party had sought disqualification of two MPs from the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh. BJP MP G V L Narasimha Rao had filed this petition with the chairman of ethics committee Narayan Lal Pancharia seeking disqualification of TDP MPs Y S Chowdary and C M Ramesh, who are facing the charges of financial fraud.

The officials of the Income Tax and the Enforcement Directorate have raided the houses and office premises of both the MPs in Hyderabad and other places. While the enquiry is in progress with C M Ramesh, the ED had found financial fraud of over Rs 7,500 crore by Y S Chowdary. The ED also found him guilty of floating 120 shell companies for this financial fraud where he duped three national banks.

There is hue and cry in the Telugu States, particularly in Andhra Pradesh with the ED and IT officials conducting raids on these two TDP MPs and other TDP leaders. The State government withdrew the general consent given to the CBI to investigate into the cases of financial crime in Andhra Pradesh. Though the decision was politically-motivated, there are allegations of massive corruption involving the ruling TDP leaders.

The BJP is now on the job of establishing corruption of the TDP and its leaders. With Chandrababu Naidu joining the anti-BJP team at the national level, particularly with the Congress, the BJP is firm on taking a revenge on him ahead of the general elections in AP due in early 2019.

BJP MP Narasimha Rao is almost spending his time in the State taking on the TDP and its leaders. Though he represents Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha, Narasimha Rao is working for the BJP in Andhra Pradesh targeting the ruling TDP here. His new missile on the TDP seeking the disqualification of the two MPs had caused tremors in AP politics. Interestingly, the Opposition YSR Congress, which has been making corruption charges against the TDP, is silent on this demand of the BJP.

It is to be seen what the ethics committee of Rajya Sabha would decide on the petition once its meets after the winter session of the Parliament begins in December.

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