Bharatiya Janata Party, which is making a desperate bid to replace the Congress party as the major opposition in Telangana, is trying hard to lure potential leaders from other parties.
According to the latest information, P Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, former Congress MLA and son of former CLP leader late P Janardhan Reddy, is getting ready to join the BJP.
He is understood to have held negotiations with the senior BJP leaders from Telangana and is waiting for a green signal from Delhi.
So far, however, there has been neither confirmation nor denial to the reports of Vishnu’s defection to the BJP. Apparently, the Congress leaders are trying to pacify him and retain him in the party.
Vishnu’s sister P Vijaya Reddy was also originally with the Congress and contested from Khairtabad in the past. Later, she defected to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and was elected as a corporator.
Meanwhile, there have been reports that Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLA from Malkajgiri Mynampalli Hanumantha Rao might also be defecting to the BJP.
Mynampalli, who had been with the Telugu Desam Party for quite a long time, joined the TRS after 2014 elections.
He contested from Malkajgiri constituency in 2018 and won the elections. He was promised the cabinet berth, but the TRS leadership ignored his claims.
He expected the cabinet post at least in the latest reshuffle, but when he could not get it, a sulking Mynampalli went into a huddle with his followers and reportedly told them that he had an offer from the BJP.