As expected, YSR Congress party MP from Kurnool Butta Renuka received brickbats from her party leaders for defecting to the Telugu Desam Party albeit unofficially on Tuesday.
YSRC official spokesman K Parthasarathy lashed out at Renuka for shifting her loyalties to the TDP.
“There is a talk that she was sold out to the ruling party for Rs 70 crore. And it is an open secret that TDP president and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is known for poaching the opposition party leaders as if they were cattle by luring them with cash, posts and contracts,” he alleged.
Parthasarathy reminded that though Renuka had no prior political experience, YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy had given her the MP ticket and got her elected to Lok Sabha from Kurnool.
“We fail to understand what she had expected from Naidu. Did she succumb to pressures or was she lured by Rs 70 crore financial package offered by Naidu?” he asked.
The YSRC leader lashed out at Naidu for engineering defections from YSRC.
“While Jagan is committed to value-based politics by admitting TDP leader Silpa Chakrapani Reddy only after the latter quit the MLC seat, Naidu shamelessly inducted four YSRC MLAs into the cabinet without asking them to resign, thereby giving a go-bye to the ethics in politics,” he added.