Wife of se­nior Cong leader joins BJP in T’gana

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HY­DER­ABAD: In a shot in the arm for BJP in Te­lan­gana, so­cial worker Pad­mini Reddy, wife of se­nior Congress

leader C Damodar Ra­ja­narasimha, joined the party here on Thurs­day.

Ra­ja­narasimha was the deputy Chief Min­is­ter in un­di­vided Andhra Pradesh when N Ki­ran Ku­mar Reddy was Chief Min­is­ter.

Wel­com­ing her into the BJP fold, state BJP pres­i­dent K Lax­man said Pad­mini Reddy had made a name for her­self with her so­cial work in Medak re­gion and also among women.

He said the Modi gov­ern­ment ap­pointed a woman, who is mar­ried into a Tel­ugu fam­ily, as the coun­try's De­fence Min­is­ter (Nir­mala Sithara­man) and made an­other woman leader as the Lok Sabha Speaker (Su­mi­tra Ma­ha­jan).

Pad­mini Reddy joined the party as she ap­pre­ci­ated the good work done by the NDA gov­ern­ment, he said.

Lax­man said the NDA gov­ern­ment has taken sev­eral mea­sures for the ben­e­fit of women, in­clud­ing launch­ing schemes like ‘Sukanya Sam­rid­dhi Yo­jana' and en­hanc­ing ma­ter­nity leave. Pad­mini Reddy join­ing the party would strengthen the BJP, he said.

Al­leg­ing that the TRS gov­ern­ment did not distribute Rs 2,800 crore loans to a sin­gle woman Self-help Group (SHG) un­der a low-in­ter­est scheme, Lax­man said his party, if elected to power, would un­der­take a loan waiver for SHGS. On Pad­mini Reddy join­ing BJP though her hus­band is a se­nior Congress leader, he said “per­sonal free­dom is avail­able to work in the po­lit­i­cal arena.”

Damodar Ra­ja­narasimha heads the state Congress man­i­festo com­mit­tee for the De­cem­ber 7 as­sem­bly elec­tions in the state.

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