Amaravati: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Saturday asserted that four of its Rajya Sabha members joining the BJP clearly amounted to defection and called it "immoral and undemocratic". TDP senior leaders met at the residence of party president N Chandrababu Naidu and discussed various developments.
The party's Andhra Pradesh unit president K Kala Venkata Rao chaired the meeting. MLA Maddali Giri, MLCs VVV Choudary, Babu Rajendra Prasad, Ashok Babu , former MLAs' Venkatesh and Sravan Kumar participated in the meeting.
Chandrababu Naidu, who is on a vacation in Europe, also spoke to the leaders over phone and discussed the political developments in the state, it added.
The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said the so-called merger of four MPs with the BJP was "immoral and undemocratic" and it only amounted to defection. The BJP was resorting to such devious acts as it lacked a majority in the Council of States, he said.
That the four MPs were listed on the Rajya Sabha website as BJP members within hours after their defection exposed the functioning of the Central government, the TDP leaders said.
They alleged that the BJP was indulging in such acts to cause trouble to Chandrababu who fought with the Centre for grant of Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.
Though Chandrababu wrote to the Chief Minister, requesting that the building be allotted to him, the government took possession of the building without any reply, they lamented.
Meanwhile, senior TDP leader MLA Ganta Srinivas Rao was called specially for the meeting. It is reported that he was unwilling to answer any questions posed by the TDP leaders about the defection. He was asked to speak in the teleconference but instead, he said that he would speak to Chandrababu personally and left the place without speaking to anyone.
TDP MLC Rajendra Prasad tried to force his way at Praja Vedika in Undavalli and got into a heated argument with the security staff there on Saturday. He came there with his followers and refused to heed to the pleas of security men who tried to tell him that they were arranging for the collectors conference.
It may be pointed out that though there is no government permission, TDP leaders keep trying to hold party activities at Praja Vedika. It is clear that the TDP has not been able to digest loss of power in the state seen from the manner in which it is trying to cling on to Praja Vedika using one pretext or the other.