Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samiti received a shot in the arm on the eve of Medak Lok Sabha byelections when senior Congress and BJP leaders joined the party. Former minister and senior Congress leader Mohammad Fariduddin from Zaheerabad, Congress leader Swamy Charan, BJP leader Narendranath from Medak along with their supporters joined the TRS in the presence of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao here on Thursday.
Mr Fariduddin, who fell out with Zaheerabad legislator J. Geetha Reddy and was suspended for anti party activities in 2014 elections, joined the TRS along with several local Muslim leaders. “Recent developments and pressure from party workers and well wishers forced me to join the TRS. I was impressed by the programmes and policies of the TRS under the leadership of Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao. They are a role model for the country,” Mr Fariduddin said after joining the party.
Mr Narendranath said though he was invited by Mr Rao three months prior to the 2014 general elections, he did not join. “KCR’s policies opened my eyes. After seeing his three month rule, I am confident Bangaru Telangana is possible only through Mr Chandrasekhar Rao,” he said. Irrigation minister T. Harish Rao, who welcomed them into the party fold, asserted that the TRS win was a foregone conclusion. “With the entry of Mr Fariduddin, the party will gain further strength in Zaheerabad and Narayankhed,” he said. in particular and Medak district in general.
Hundreds of Muslim leaders and workers too have joined the TRS,” claimed Mr Harish Rao. Thanking BJP leader Mr Narendranath for joining, Mr Rao said he bestowed confidence in the leadership of Mr Chandrasekhar Rao. The entry of the Congress and BJP leaders will push up victory margin of TRS in the by elections,” he added.
Meanwhile, electioneering in Medak picked up with Deputy Chief Minister Dr Rajaiah addressing party workers in Sangareddy. While he asked voters to teach a fitting lesson to the BJP for creating obstacles in Telangana and asserted that the TRS fulfilled its election manifesto of providing three acre land for Dalits and would implement Rs1 lakh farm loan waiver scheme. Mr Harish Rao accused the Congress of neglecting Sangareddy and Medak districts.