Dr. Mallikarjun Reddy of Nirmal had joined the party during the ongoing Bandi Sanjay's (in picture) Praja Sangram Yatra. DC Image
ADILABAD: In a significant sign of the times, many local leaders aspiring to contest the coming assembly polls from Boath, Adilabad and Nirmal assembly constituencies are joining the BJP in the erstwhile Adilabad district.
BJP district leaders are encouraging more and more local-level leaders to come and join the party in the hope this would help them too to perform better in the next polls.
News is also making rounds that senior BJP leaders are encouraging men with strong financial backgrounds to join the party so as to fund the election and other expenses of the party in future. Recently, two rank outsiders joined the BJP in the presence of the state party president Bandi Sanjay, district BJP president Payal Shankar and Adilabad MP Soyam Bapurao.
Hints are that the BJP does not want to give more than one ticket to any family. Chakati Dasharath, a government employee who was working in the land records department quit the job and joined the BJP recently. He is seeking a party ticket from Boath constituency reserved for STs. Dasharath is a native of Dhanora village in Boath.
Chilkuri Jyotireddy, a close relative of late MLA Vaman Reddy also joined the party reportedly with an eye on the Adilabad seat. Dr. Mallikarjun Reddy of Nirmal had joined the party during the ongoing Bandi Sanjay’s Praja Sangram Yatra.
Reddy was in the BJP earlier but quit it when another doctor, Swarna Reddy, joined the party just before the last assembly elections. Later, Swarna Reddy of Nirmal joined the TRS.
The number of new entrants as BJP ticket-seekers for the assembly elections is growing in Boath, Adilabad and Nirmal constituencies. Senior BJP leaders are encouraging new entrants from the Reddy community with a view to weakening the existing leaders from the same community and take advantage of the situation in the Adilabad constituency.
It is learnt that Balaram Jadhav, who joined the BJP and financially backed the party, would seek the ticket from the Boath. District BJP leaders promised him the ticket and then took financial support for the party, one source said.
Former Nirmal municipal chairman Appala Ganesh joined the BJP party and aims to contest the next elections from Nirmal. This apart, NRI Kandi Srinivas Reddy, aspiring for the Adilabad MLA seat, is likely to join the party in the presence of a top national BJP leaders.