New Delhi, Jun 20: Within days of appointment of J P Nadda as the new working president of the party, BJP on Thursday staged a sort of a coup against TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu as four his rebel MPs joined the saffron outfit here.
Catching the TDP chief and the entire leadership and perhaps even the media unawares, four rebel TDP lawmakers in the Upper House led by former Union Minister Y S Chowdary adopted a formal resolution to quit the Andhra Pradesh-based party and decided to 'merge' the splinter group with the saffron party.
In a fast paced development on a day President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the Joint Sitting of Parliament, four dissident MPs - Y S Chowdary, C M Ramesh, Garikapati Mohan Rao and T G Venkatesh met here and adopted a resolution to write to the Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to allow the merger.
They also decided to write to BJP Chief Amit Shah to accept the merger.
Acting quickly, all four rebel MPs rushed to BJP chief Amit Shah for his 'acceptance' and later called on the Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha Mr Naidu.
Former minister Y S Chowdary and others in a resolution said the 'merger' of rebel wing of TDP Legislature Party can be done under the provisions of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.
'TDP has six MPs in Rajya Sabha and four rebels make it two-third and that is why the merger is possible,' Mr Chowdary said.
The rebel MPs met Mr Naidu in presence of BJP working president J P Nadda and Leader of the Rajya Sabha Thawar Chand Gehlot with an "acceptance" letter from the BJP allowing the merger.
Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters, ironically his first since elevation as BJP working president, a beaming Mr Nadda welcomed the TDP rebel MPs and said: "For quite sometime now, the TDP MPs were impressed with the dynamic leadership provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They also appreciated organisational skills of Amit Shah".
"Impressed by their works and for development of Andhra Pradesh on positive note, they have decided to merge with the BJP,' he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Y S Chowdary was all praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the decision to quit TDP and join BJP has been taken in the "larger interest" of the people of AndhraPradesh.
Senior party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Bhupender Yadav was also present.
Mr Chowdary along with the then Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju had quit the Modi government in March 2018 when N Chandrababu Naidu led TDP decided to break the alliance from NDA.
Chowdary also said the "mood of the nation" is with the Prime Minister and hence the decision has been taken. (UNI)