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Setback for Chandrababu Naidu: Four TDP Rajya Sabha MPs may join BJP

Sources told PTI the breakaway faction may merge with the BJP and added that a final decision on the process is still being deliberated

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh, CM
TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu

The is likely to split in the with at least four of its six MPs tipped to break away and back the ruling BJP, sources said.

These MPs are likely to write to Chairman about their decision, they added.

Their decision to back the will give a boost to the saffron party in the Upper House as the ruling Democratic Alliance does not have a majority there yet.

The sources said the breakaway faction may merge with the and added that a final decision on the process is still being deliberated.

The TDP, which is led by former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, has six members in the If four of them break away, then it will meet the legal requirement of anti-defection law, which mandates the support of at least two-third members for a split to be recognised in Parliament.

The Rajya Sabha has a strength of 245 members and the is the single largest party with 71 MPs.

First Published: Thu, June 20 2019. 16:30 IST
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