The Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre had digested the four MPs that it had swallowed from the Telugu Desam Party. The Rajya Sabha had listed the four TDP MPs as members of the BJP and an official communication was also released accordingly. Though the remaining TDP MPs gave a representation to Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu seeking the disqualification of the defected MPs, their representation may not be entertained, given the political interests that the BJP is looking forward to.
While the defected MPs, led by former Union minister and Rajya Sabha member, Y S Chowdary said that their defection was to develop the State, the TDP leaders back home in Amaravati, felt that the defection is invalid and it was only to save their skin from the CBI, ED and other cases filed against them. Y S Chowdary and C M Ramesh are under the CBI and ED scanner and searches were held by these two national agencies before and after the elections. While the charges against CM Ramesh are not so serious, the charges of cheating three banks will cast dearly for Y S Chowdary.
The TDP held a meeting in Amaravati and also had a teleconference with Chandrababu Naidu, who is on foreign tour with the family. Senior leaders Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, Nimmakayala Chinarajappa and a few others met at Naidu’s residence and decided to carry out a campaign across the state exposing the BJP’s conspiracy against the TDP. The leaders also made an appeal to the Rajya Sabha chairman to disqualify the four MPs for defection.
Meanwhile, the four defected MPs have met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament House. They had some prolonged discussion on their future course of action. Sources say that the Prime Minister had reportedly ask Y S Chowdary and C M Ramesh to get in touch with more TDP leaders, particularly the MLAs and get them into the BJP fold. While there is no urgency to get the MLAs and leaders, the Prime Minister had reportedly told the leaders to work to strengthen the party in Andhra Pradesh, while assuring his support for the State development.