Vivekanand told TNM that the BJP has been actively persuading him to join their party.

Former Congress and TRS MP Vivekanand meets Amit Shah hints at joining BJP
news Politics Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 16:42

Former MP G Vivekanand, who has been with both Congress and TRS but is currently not associated with any party, hinted that he might soon join the BJP. He met Home Minister and former BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Vivekanand who has worked as the advisor of the Telangana government in the past, met Amit Shah and gave a representation against the demolition of the state Secretariat which has been taken up the Telangana government. Speaking to TNM, Vivekanand said, “I met Amit Shah today only to give a representation against the demolition of Secretariat,” but added, “Since I am an independent politician now, the BJP have been repeatedly asking me to join the party. 

When asked if he is considering joining the BJP, he said, “I have to talk to my people before taking such a decision. There is no hurry [to join the BJP]. But the BJP have been persuading me.”

Vivekanand is the son of late Congress leader G Venkatswamy. He has jumped back and forth between the Congress and TRS in the past.

During the Telangana agitation he had quit the Congress and joined the TRS. Again after Telangana formation, he rejoined the Congress. In 2014, he unsuccessfully contested from the Peddapalli Parliamentary seat against TRS leader Balka Suman. He again joined the TRS party, reportedly after an assurance of an MP ticket from the TRS.

However, in 2019, when the TRS refused to give him a ticket for the Lok Sabha seat from Peddapalli, he quit the party and accused TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao of deceiving him. He alleged that KCR had plotted against him by making him wait till the last moment for the seat only to eventually deny it, and did not contest in the elections.


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