In a major setback for TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, four of its Rajya Sabha members have switched over to the BJP, today. TDP Rajya Sabha MPs YS Chowdary, TG Venkatesh, and CM Ramesh submitted their resignation letter to M Venkaiah Naidu, who is also Vice-President and Rajya Sabha chairman, in Delhi.
Later, they merged the party with BJP at BJP headquarters, in the presence of BJP working president JP Nadda. Reacting to the resignations, TDP president Chandrababu Naidu said, “We fought with BJP only for special category status and state’s interests. We sacrificed central ministers for special status, condemn attempts of BJP to weaken TDP. The crisis is not new to the party. Leaders and cadre have nothing to be nervous about.”
The TDP has six members in the Rajya Sabha. The four of them breaking away meets the legal requirement of anti-defection law, which mandates the support of at least two-third members for a split to be recognised in Parliament.