In a boost to the BJP, four of the six TDP MPs in the Rajya Sabha joined the party on Thursday and sought a merger of the TDP Legislature Party with it in the Upper House. "A crisis is not new to the party".
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) parliamentary leader Galla Jayadev said that the move by TDP MP's would be accessed for its legality.
"Inspired and encouraged by the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the development policies being pursued by him in the overall interest of the nation, we have made a decision to merge with the BJP with immediate effect", the resolution stated.
In their letter to the Rajya Sabha chairman, the TDP MPs wrote that they were "inspired and encouraged by the impeccable leadership of Narendra Modi" and were merging with the BJP.
This was followed by BJP's working president JP Nadda joining the leader of the BJP in Rajya Sabha Thawarchand Gehlot to meet Naidu as they too submitted a resolution signed by the party president, Amit Shah, stating that he had no objection to the merger.
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Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu, who is now vacationing with his family in the United States, said the crisis was not new and his workers have nothing to be nervous about, but he "condemned the BJP's attempts to weaken the TDP". "We are going by the country's mood, which is for the BJP", he said. "Leaders and cadre have nothing to be nervous about". We sacrificed central ministers for Special Status, condemn attempts of BJP to weaken TDP.
What makes the defection of Mr Chowdary and Mr Ramesh so surprising is that they were both confidants and right hand men of TD chief Chandrababu Naidu. While the party was reduced to just 23 seats of the 175 seats in Assembly, it could manage to win mere 3 seats in Lok Sabha. The two MPs had faced a series of searches by Income Tax, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) in recent months.
Some Senior Leaders and Former Ministers are also looking at BJP, the report said.
The Telugu Desam Party lost power to YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh in the recent elections. In the Lok Sabha, they are down from 15 to three seats.