In a big jolt to Telugu Desam party (TDP) Chief Chnadrababu Naidu, sources have reported on Thursday, that multiple Rajya Sabha MPs belonging to TDP, including former Union minister, YS Sujana Choudhary in touch with the BJP. Top BJP leaders have told sources that they have allegedly met with these TDP leaders to defect to the saffron party soon.
Sources have further reported that 4 TDP Rajya Sabha MPs namely YS Chaudhary, TG Venkatesh, CM Ramesh and Garikapati Mohan Rao are allegedly expected to submit a letter of resignation to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu regarding their decision to leave the TDP. Dissent among TDP leaders was reportedly already present after the party's dismal performance in the Lok Sabha and concurrent state assembly elections. TDP currently has 6 Rajya Sabha MPs.
Commenting on the defection TDP spokesperson Dinakar Lanka has dismissed the reports as rumours while adding that there is dissent among TDP ranks.
"After defeat introspection in the party, this is news that I am hearing from the media. As these above mentioned leaders are available in Rajya Sabha, you can contact and ask them yourselves, instead of spreading rumours. There is unhappiness among the ranks of TDP but that happens after defeat," he said.
Responding to the news BJP Krishnasagar Rao has not officially confirmed the news, he said that dissenting regional party leaders from all over the country are looking to join BJP.
"There is nothing official I can share with you at this point of time but there is a possiblilty not only in Andhra Pradesh but all over the country that leaders from regional parties which have lost in Lok Sabha elections are looking to shift to BJP. Especially in Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu's game plan boomeranged. He and his son have not taken ownership of the deafeat," he said.
Currently, the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, who skipped PM Modi's NITI Aayog meeting and all-party presidents' meeting, is on a holiday touring Europe after he left the country on Wednesday. Naidu along with his family have left on a vacation and are expected to return to Andhra Pradesh on June 26, as per reports.
On May 23, the Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP decimated Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh in 2019 Lok Sabha polls and Assembly elections, by winning 151 seats out 175-seater AP assembly leaving on 23 seats for TDP and only 3 Lok Sabha seats.
The main reason for TDP's defeat has been speculated as Naidu's absence in local campaign while he was busy trying to band Opposition leaders from Congress, AAP, NCP, Trinamool, SP, BSP to revive the Mahagathbandhan against the BJP-led NDA.