Actor-turned-politician Vijayashanti, who quit the Congress over the weekend, joined the ruling BJP today, a day after she met with Home Minister Amit Shah.
Vijayashanti, 54, was a big star in south Indian cinema when she started her political profession with the BJP in 1997. She quit the party to join the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) throughout its struggle for a separate Telangana. She was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009. The Telugu film star joined the Congress in 2014, just before Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated and Telangana was born.
Her return to the BJP comes at a time the occasion is prepping for an aggressive marketing campaign for the 2023 Telangana election, galvanized by its positive aspects within the Hyderabad civic polls at the price of the ruling TRS. The BJP gained 48 of 150 seats within the Larger Hyderabad Municipal Company, seven lower than the TRS and 12 times its 2016 tally. The Congress barely registered, successful solely two seats, the same as in 2016.
Vijayashanti is the second high-profile Congress chief to hitch the BJP after Khushbu Sundar from Tamil Nadu. She quit the Congress after Hyderabad native ballot results on Friday.
In line with these near Vijayashanti — who had famously in contrast Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a terrorist and a dictator whereas campaigning for the nationwide election final 12 months – she had been disenchanted with the Congress for some time. She had not been lively in Congress programs and actions prior to now few months.
She “felt sidelined” within the occasion and had been disgruntled over the Congress decline in Telangana, the aides mentioned.
“Vijayashanti labored so much in Telangana but the state Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao sidelined everybody. BJP will definitely win in Telangana Assembly next time. Vijayashanti will be on the forefront for the development of the party in the state,” said BJP leader G Vivek Venkataswamy on Sunday.
Vijayashanti enjoys popularity not simply in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh but also in Tamil Nadu, the place she is likely to be used within the campaign for state elections due in less than six months.
Once dubbed the “female Amitabh Bachchan” for her ability to carry a film on her shoulders, Vijayashanti, at the peak of her career, played robust leads that solid her in the mildew of a lone crusader towards crime. She also acted in Hindi movies, gaining fans across India.