Staff Reporter

NALGONDA: Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday finally announced the expulsion of party MP from Chittoor, D. K. Adikesavulu Naidu, four days after the latter did the flip-flop during the trust vote in the Lok Sabha. He was expelled for “damaging the image of the party” during and after the trust vote in the Lok Sabha.

Announcing this at a press conference at Chandur near here, Mr. Naidu said the MP not only committed a mistake but damaged the party’s image as well. The MP’s meeting with the Prime Minister and his public statements were taken into consideration before taking the final decision.

Collusion charge

He observed that though Mr. Adikesavulu Naidu had voted against the Government during the electronic voting, he did a volte face later. “My colleagues have also brought to my notice his attitude during and after the trust vote. Hence, there is no point in seeking his explanation. Both Mr. Adikesavulu and Mr. M. Jagannath, MPs, colluded with the Congress much before the trust vote,” he said.

Special Correspondent from Hyderabad adds:

The action comes in the wake of criticism that he was being spared as he was a highly influential, rich liquor baron belonging to Kapu/ Balija community, while similar lenience was not shown to the Scheduled Caste MP, Manda Jagannath, representing Nagarkurnool. The latter was expelled within a few hours of defying the party.

Apparently, Mr. Naidu did not want to send a wrong signal to the party cadre by further delaying a decision on the issue as there were reports that Mr. Adikesavulu might prefer to join film star Chiranjeevi’s proposed party.

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