Purandheswari ditching the Congress was on the cards ever since she started gravitating towards the saffron party a few months back.
Dinesh Akula | March 6, 2014
Daggubati Purandheswari becomes yet another high-profile leader to desert the sinking Congress ship in Seemandhra. The former Union minister of state for commerce and industry announced her decision at the end of a closed door meeting with her party workers in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.
Leaving the Congress in the lurch, Purandheswari left nothing much for imagination on her next moves. She will be joining the BJP along with her legislator-husband Daggubati Venkateswara Rao after meeting senior leaders of the saffron party in Delhi on Friday.
Venkateswara Rao, representing the Parchuru Assembly constituency in Prakasam district, was with the BJP for a brief period before heading Congress-wards.
Ending the 10-year-old honeymoon with the Congress was a painful decision for the politician-daughter of late NTR. The party high command simply turning a deaf ear to their bifurcation concerns left her heartbroken, like many others. The high command also planning to shift her out of her present Lok Sabha constituency came in as the last nail.
Purandheswari was among the first to tender her resignation as a union minister in the wake of the CWC decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. She relinquished all her official privileges but tried her hand changing the Congress’ mind since then.
Purandheswari ditching the Congress was on the cards ever since she started gravitating towards the saffron party a few months back. In fact, the politically-suave leader also had the luxury to choose between BJP and the YSR Congress Party.
Equally keen on her and to pull a fast one over the BJP, the YSRCP was reported to have offered a Lok Sabha ticket from Vijayawada. But Purandheswari found a safe bet in a second-time contest from Visakhapatnam on a BJP ticket.
Also, the high prospects of a BJP-led coalition forming the government at the Centre appeared to have weighed on her mind. Purandheswari too fancies her chances to become a union minister for the third straight term, given her equally strong relations with the BJP top brass.
Quitting the Congress, Purandheswari boasts of a brief but an enviable political career spanning over 10 years. Living under her husband’s shadow for years, she stormed the political-scene from nowhere, just a few months before the 2004 elections. Soon, she grabbed the eyeballs as the first-time MP from Bapatla who made her way into the Union Council of Ministers.
In 2009, the party nominated her from Visakhapatnam and even ensured her victory by reigning in the local dissenting leaders.
Though the elevation of the NTR daughter was a tactical ploy to embarrass the TDP, she was always regarded as very close to 10 Janpath. Besides being an affable politician, she was equally well-appreciated for her work as a minister.
A few Congress leaders, who persuaded her to stay back in the party, see her decision as an act of political opportunism. But Purandheswari loyalists are quick to hit back: They feel that the Congress comes first for pursuing a dangerous policy of political convenience with the state bifurcation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of hydro engineering college at Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. The college, being set up by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and NHPC, will provide B Tech courses in mechanical, electrical, civil and computer science discipl
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has commissioned a three Mega Watt solar photo voltaic power plant in Dadra and Nagar Haveli. BHEL executed this project on a turnkey basis for Dadra and Nagar Haveli power distribution corporation limited at Velugam. It
Time to go back to the drawing board, said Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday, days after his party failed to make its mark in the Delhi civic elections. In a message, Kejriwal said that in the last 2 days, I spoke to many vo
The tax net needs to be expanded and the rich farmers must pay up their taxes. This week saw quite a bit of going back and forth over this prickly issue after Niti Aayog member Bibek Debroy batted for taxing agricultural income. Niti Aayog vice chairman A
A giant yellow inflatable schistosomiasis worm, with ‘Making Schistory’ printed on it, floated on Lake Geneva, marking the five years since the London Declaration on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Though in 2015 about 1.59 billion people received treatment for at least
In order to provide broadband connectivity of BharatNet to post offices in rural areas, Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), department of posts and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have signed a tripartite agreement. The agreement is the first tri-partite MoU which