The Telugu Desam Party has split in the Rajya Sabha with at least four of its six MPs breaking to back the ruling BJP.
These MPs also submitted a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu about their decision. Their decision to back the BJP will give a boost to the saffron party in the Upper House as the ruling National Democratic Alliance does not have a majority there yet.
The breakaway faction has merged with the BJP. The TDP, which is led by former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, has six members in the Rajya Sabha. 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 BJP is the single largest party with 71 MPs.