In a big blow to former AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, four Rajya Sabha MPs have quit the party on Thursday and are set to join the saffron party soon. This comes as a huge snub to TDP after suffering a humiliating in the recent poll battle. Three out of four MPs who decided to quit Telugu Desham are considered to be the big funders of party. Separating them from Babu is a master stroke by BJP and it's has Amit Shah mark on it.
Sujana Chowdary, a businessman and ex-Union Minister, started his political career with TDP in 2010. Since then, Naidu has been nomonating him as member of Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh. Though he never fought an electoral battle till now and neither a mass leader who can attract masses, Sujana was fortunate enough become a Union Minister in Modi's first term since TDP was a key partner of BJP in NDA. Having considered him as an influential man, Babu always ensured to give him good weightage in the party and used to assign him the key tasks which he can pull off in Delhi.
Apart from Sujana, TDP was also lavishly funded by other two MPs CM Ramesh and TG Venkatesh. Infact, the trio have been a financial backbone to party. But, this development may come down as a big shock to Naidu and party cadre.
Going by the latest developments, the four MPs are likely to join Bharatiya Janata Party and what could be even more shocking to TDP is Sujana is leading this group and he also had meeting with PM Modi earlier in the day. The four MPs met the Vice President of India, Rajya Sabha chariman Venkaiah Naidu and submitted a letter asking him to merge the legislature party of TDP with BJP in the Rajya Sabha.
It is known that Enforcement Directorate has conducted searches at Sujana's residence and office in Hyderabad and Delhi to investigate a bank fraud of over Rs 5,700 crore by around 120 shell companies. Also, Income Tax officials conducted raises on houses and offices of CM Ramesh in Kadapa and Hyderabad in an alleged 100-Cr fraud by a company linked to him. So, giving a priority to their business interests, they must have decided to ditch Naidu and TDP.