In an abrupt turn of events, Congress leader Padmini Reddy who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday morning returned back to her party within 10 hours after the announcement. Padmini is the wife of former Deputy Chief Minister of united Andhra Pradesh, Damodar Raja Narasimha.
It all began early on Thursday when word spread that Padmini Reddy, who is also a social worker, met with state BJP President Dr Laxman. Following this, she joined the party and the same was announced at a press meet held by the BJP.
Stating that Padmini's decision would be a boost in the arm for the BJP, Laxman praised her for the work that she did among women, especially in the Medak region.
It was reported that Padmini was worried about not getting a seat as the Telangana Congress has dropped hints that it would not grant multiple tickets to members of the same family, in order to accommodate the alliance with the other opposition parties in the state.
However, after returning to the Congress, Padmini told reporters, “I am taking my decision back. I have understood the feelings of the Congress party workers. I am now back to the Congress party.”
Responding to the decision, BJP Chief Spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said on Twitter, “Padmini Reddy is an educated and well-informed woman. BJP is a party which respects and believes in women empowerment. When she approached the BJP to join and work for the party, certainly we couldn't have asked her, to get her husband's permission for the same. We respect Padmini Reddy's decision either way. This only exemplifies BJP’s respect for women empowerment.”
Padmini Reddy is an educated & well informed woman. #BJP is a party which respects and believes in woman empowerment.— Krishna Saagar Rao (@BJPKrishnasagar) October 11, 2018
When she approached #BJP to join & work for the party, certainly we couldn't have asked her, to get her husband's permission for the same. @BJP4Telangana
Damodar Reddy, who was the Deputy CM during the tenure of Kiran Kumar Reddy is presently in-charge of the Congress party’s Manifesto Committee in Telangana for the upcoming Assembly elections.
The TRS government dissolved the Assembly on September 6, paving the way for early elections. The Election Commission has said that the state will have single-phase polling on December 7 to elect the new state Assembly and the results will be announced on December 11. The Election Code of Conduct (ECC) is already in place.