Hyderabad: In a major setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Telangana, several key leaders, including Bagh Amberpet BJP corporator Padma Venkat Reddy and her husband, joined the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) on Friday.
The new entrants, who were accompanied by MLA candidate Kaleru Venkatesh, joined the BRS in the presence of BRS Working President and Minister K. Taraka Rama Rao at Pragathi Bhavan.
Padma Venkat Reddy is a close follower of Union Minister and State BJP president Kishan Reddy. Her defection to the BRS is seen as a major blow to the BJP’s prospects in the upcoming assembly elections.
In a statement, Padma Venkat Reddy said that she and her husband were joining the BRS because they were impressed by the party’s development record under Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. She also said that they would work tirelessly for the victory of BRS candidate Kaleru Venkatesh in the upcoming elections.
The defection of Padma Venkat Reddy and her husband is the latest in a series of setbacks for the BJP in Telangana. In recent months, several other senior BJP leaders have left the party to join the BRS.
The BJP is trying to make inroads into Telangana, which is currently ruled by the BRS. However, the party has faced stiff competition from the BRS, which is popular among the people of the state.