Telangana Congress leader D K Aruna defects to BJP, will likely contest from Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha seat

DK Aruna joined the saffron party in the presence of party national president Amit Shah in Delhi on Tuesday

Press Trust of India March 20, 2019 13:02:39 IST
Telangana Congress leader D K Aruna defects to BJP, will likely contest from Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha seat
  • DK Aruna had lost the Assembly elections from Gadwal in December 2018

  • Eight Congress MLAs recently defected to the ruling TRS in Telangana

  • DK Aruna joined the saffron party in the presence of party national president Amit Shah in Delhi

Hyderabad: In another major setback to the Telangana Congress, its senior leader and former minister D K Aruna joined the BJP. She joined the saffron party in the presence of party national president Amit Shah in Delhi on Tuesday, party sources said.

Telangana Congress leader D K Aruna defects to BJP will likely contest from Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha seat

DK Aruna (third from right) with Amit Shah and other leaders. ANI

"She is likely to be fielded from the Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha seat," they said.

Aruna had lost the Assembly elections from Gadwal in December 2018.

"We will strive to strengthen BJP in Telangana and make it an alternative to TRS. We will work for winning maximum seats for BJP in Telangana in the coming Lok Sabha elections," she told reporters.

"Definitely her joining BJP will make the party stronger in Mahbubnagar district. It shows the sorry state of affairs of Congress in Telangana," BJP MLC N Ramchander Rao said.

Eight Congress MLAs recently defected to the ruling TRS in Telangana.

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