Hyderabad: Statements of Telangana BJP leaders indicate that the party intends to start Operation Akarsha to invite leaders from other parties to strengthen itself. Among the first movers is expected to be TRS Rajya Sabha member D. Srinivas.
Mr Srinivas had met BJP chief and Union home minister Amit Shah in Delhi two days ago, giving scope to wide speculation in political circles that he was going to join the BJP.
BJP senior leader Bandaru Dattatreya on Saturday claimed that Mr Srinivas was prepared to join the BJP and several MPs and MLAs of the TRS were also in touch with the BJP.
Mr Dharmapuri Arvind, Nizamabad MP, is said to have played a key role in negotiating with the BJP high command to open the path for Mr Srinivas, his father.
BJP leaders claim that Mr Srinivas will join the BJP along with former MLC Bhupathi Reddy and several leaders of the Congress and TRS from Nizamabad district.
BJP state president Dr K. Laxman endorsed the statement of Mr Dattat-reya. He said at a function in Musheerabad that several leaders of the TRS, Congress and the Telugu Desam were looking at the BJP and the party would welcome them at an appropriate time.
Mr Dattatreya said the party was going ahead with a planned strategy to unseat Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s family rule in the state and the people were prepared to rally behind the BJP to teach a lesson to the ruling party.
He said that the downfall of the TRS started with the defeat of TRS MPs B, Vinod Kumar in Karimn-agar and K, Kavitha in Nizamabad druing the LS elections. He said they were inviting leaders from other parties who were interested in joining the BJP....