Another TDP MP expelled for cross voting

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Hyderabad, July 25 (UNI) The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today expelled its Chittoor MP D K Adikeshavulu Naidu for voting in favour of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in the trust vote in Parliament on July 22, defying the party whip.

TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu, who recommenced his ''Meekosam Yatra'' in Nalgonda district to strengthen the party after camping in New Delhi to coordinate with the other opposition parties during the trust vote, announced that the action was necessitated as the MP had violated the party discipline.

While expelling Dalit TDP MP M Jagannatham from Nagarkurnool on July 23, Mr Naidu had issued the Chittoor MP a show cause notice.

The politburo, which met under the chairmanship of Mr Naidu, took the decision.

Mr Adikeshavulu Naidu's vote was declared invalid by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee. After enquiring with the Lok Sabha secretariat, the party found that he had in fact voted for the Manmohan Singh Government, but his vote was declared invalid as he had used both electronic machine and slip to vote, party sources here said.

The TDP, which was trying to stage a comeback in State politics, had suffered a major embarassment during the trust vote at a time when Mr Naidu was going all out to bring together all parties opposed to both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

While Mr Jagannatham called on Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Wednesday in a bid to join the Congress, Mr Adikeshavulu Naidu is tipped to join the party to be floated by Tollywood superstar Chiranjeevi.

The party suffered a series of setbacks when senior party leaders, including Messrs T Devender Goud, Bhuma Nagi Reddy, Sobha Nagi Reddi and C Ramachandraiah, quit the party. While Mr Goud had launched ''Nava Telangana Praja Party'' to espouse the cause of statehood for Telangana, other leaders were expected to join Chiranjeevi's new party, expected to be floated next month.

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