BJP National President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday launched the BJP’s membership drive in Telangana.
As part of the membership drive kicked off, Nadendla Bhaskar Rao, former Chief Minister of AP and father of Janasena leader Nadendla Manohar, today officially joined BJP in the presence of Amit Shah.
Rao, who was not active in politics for a long time, was formally welcomed into the party by BJP President Amit Shah at a meeting organized to launch the party’s membership drive here.
He had been Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for a month in 1984. Then a cabinet minister in Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder N.T. Rama Rao’s cabinet, he had successfully led a coup when the latter had gone to the US for heart surgery.
Along with Bhaskar Rao, former minister Peddi Reddy, former MPs Rammohan Reddy and Suresh Reddy, former MLA Sashidhar Reddy, film producer Bellamkonda Ramesh, retired IAS official Chandravadan and others joined BJP.
Expressing happiness over the way the BJP had strengthened its position in Telangana by winning more than 19 per cent of votes in the recent general elections, the party president recalled that in as many as 17 states in the country, the BJP had secured more than 50 per cent vote share in the elections. ‘I am sure by next elections, the BJP would win 50 per cent votes in Telangana as well,’ he said. Shah welcomed experienced and good leaders from other parties into the BJP.
He was accompanied by Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy, BJP’s Telangana unit chief K. Laxman, national General Secretary P. Muralidhar Rao and other leaders.