TRS leader Ramesh Rathod joins Congress after being denied ticket for Telangana Assembly polls
Former MP from Adilabad Ramesh Rathod, who was a politburo member of TDP, had joined TRS in 2017.
Hyderabad: In a shot in the arm for the Congress in Telangana, TRS leader and former MP Ramesh Rathod joined the party Friday.
Rathod, who was denied a ticket by TRS to contest from Khanapur (reserved for ST) for the upcoming Assembly polls, joined Congress in the presence of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy and AICC in charge of party affairs in Telangana, RC Khuntia.
Rathod, a senior leader from Adilabad district, had expressed his displeasure after being denied a ticket by the TRS.
Rathod, who was a politburo member of TDP, had joined TRS in 2017.
He is a former MP from Adilabad. The Telangana Assembly was dissolved on 6 September on the recommendation of the state government, almost nine months ahead of the expiry of its term.
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