Now, TDP challenges merger of Y S Chowdary group with BJP

Now, TDP challenges merger of Y S Chowdary group with BJP

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New Delhi, Jun 21: A day after four TDP MPs joined the BJP, N Chandrababu Naidu led TDP lodged a complaint with Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu against their former party colleagues and said they should not be treated as 'part of the BJP Parliamentary party'.

The two-page communique signed by TDP Parliamentary leader Jayadev Galla and three others said the TDP will also move an appropriate application before the Rajya Sabha Chairman for the disqualification of four four lawmakers.Staging a virtual coup in the Upper House, four of the six TDP MPs led by former Union Minister Y S Chowdary and also comprising C M Ramesh, Garikapati Mohan Rao and T G Venkatesh met here on Thursday and adopted a resolution to write to Rajya Sabha chairman to allow the merger of the splintered group.

The letter said since there has been no organisational merger between TDP and the BJP, the resolution for merger by four MPs 'should be rejected at the outset'.
'The Supreme Court has laid down the law that under the scheme of the Tenth Schedule, the Speaker does not have independent power that there has been split or merger...,' the letter said.Catching the TDP chief and the entire leadership unawares, four rebel TDP lawmakers in the Upper House adopted a formal resolution to quit the Andhra Pradesh-based party and decided to 'merge' the splinter group with the saffron party.'TDP has six MPs in Rajya Sabha and four rebels make it two-third and that is why the merger is possible,' Mr Chowdary has said.

Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters on Thursday, BJP working president J P 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".Mr Chowdary also said the "mood of the nation" is with the Prime Minister and hence the decision has been taken.Mr Chowdary along with the then Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju had quit the Modi government in March 2018 when TDP decided to walk away from the NDA. (UNI)