In a surprising turn of events, veteran actress and former MP, Vijayashanthi, has resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and rekindled her association with the Congress party. The announcement was made in the presence of AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge, just ahead of the Telangana assembly polls.
Vijayashanthi, now a prominent actor-turned-politician, did not mince her words as she accused the BJP of a notable failure to take action against Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR), despite publicly labeling him as “corrupt.” In a press briefing, she pointed out that while central agencies like the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted searches on various leaders, there has been a conspicuous absence of such action against KCR.
“We were expecting the Bharatiya Janata Party to act against Mr. KCR, but it didn’t happen. There are raids on so many leaders by ED, CBI. The BJP has taken action against other leaders, so why can’t it take action on KCR, the most corrupt person?” she questioned.
This move comes at a crucial juncture, just before the upcoming Telangana assembly polls, indicating a shift in Vijayashanthi’s political allegiance. Kharge, welcoming her back into the Congress fold, offered her a tricolor scarf, symbolizing the party’s embrace.
It is noteworthy that Vijayashanthi, who initially began her political journey in 2009 and was elected from the Medak Lok Sabha seat on the BRS (then TRS) ticket, had joined the BJP in 2020. However, her recent inactivity in BJP’s programs raised eyebrows, leading to her decision to rejoin the Congress party.
This political maneuvering adds an intriguing dimension to the upcoming elections, as Vijayashanthi brings with her not only her political experience but also a bold stance against corruption allegations that the BJP has yet to address within its own ranks. The question now looms over how this development will impact the political landscape in Telangana and whether it will influence voters’ perceptions in the crucial assembly polls.