In what can be considered a big shock to the Congress party in Telangana, C Padmini Reddy, wife of former deputy chief minister and senior Congress leader Damodar Raja Narasimha, resigned from the party on Thursday.
She made a surprising appearance at the headquarters of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Nampally and formally joined the party.
She also appeared at the press conference addressed by senior party leaders including K Laxman, P Muralidhar Rao and others.
It is learnt Padmini Reddy, who has been very active in Congress politics since 2014 assembly elections, was upset with the decision of the party not to give more than one ticket to one family.
She was expecting the party ticket from Sangareddy, but the party is in no mood to entertain her request because it has already finalised the name of former MLA T Jayaprakash Reddy alias Jagga Reddy.
Party sources say she brought pressure on her husband, who is presently manifesto committee chairman of the PCC, to join the BJP, but he did not agree.
So, having no other option, Padmini alone decided to join the BJP. Since she has become very popular with her social service activities, she is confident that she can win Sangareddy seat as a BJP candidate.
Interestingly, Damodar’s rival in Andole constituency in 2014 assembly elections and comedian Babu Mohan also joined the BJP recently, after he was denied the ticket in the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
So, Damodar’s wife would be working her husband’s rival in the coming elections!