Tirupati(AP), Jun 7 (PTI): Hitting out at the BJP and YSR Congress Party, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today alleged that the resignation of five Lok Sabha members of the Jaganmohan Reddy-led party was a political drama enacted by both parties.

Naidu charged that YSRCP and BJP colluded in the ‘drama’ and said the five MPs meeting Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan yesterday and insisting that she accept their resignations after a gap of two months was to ensure there was no need to face by-elections.

He was speaking at a rally in Madanapalle, 120 km from here during his two-day Nava Nirmana Deeksha in his native district of Chittoor.

In April last, the YSRC MPs had resigned, but their resignations were not immediately accepted because both the BJP and YSR Congress feared defeat if they faced by-elections, the TDP supremo alleged.

As per rules, if an MP’s tenure is less than a year, by-elections cannot be held and keeping this in mind the two parties played out a ‘drama,’ he said.

Referring to the controversial sacking of chief priest of the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala, Naidu said the two parties had been using the issue to malign the ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh, he said.

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