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Wife of senior Congress leader joins BJP in Telangana,

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Padmini Reddy, wife of senior C Damodar Rajanarasimha, joined the BJP here Thursday but withdrew her decision within hours, saying she was moved by the reaction of workers who were 'upset'.

She said the party workers were upset over her joining the BJP and hence her decision.

"I did not expect this reaction.... I am not able to see their (workers) pain. So, I am withdrawing (her decision)," she told reporters Thursday night.

Her husband Rajanarasimha was the deputy in undivided when N Kiran Kumar was Chief Minister.

saagar Rao said in a statement that Padmini joined the party on her own and that the party respected both her decisions.

Earlier Thursday, joined the BJP in the presence of state K Laxman, who said she had earned a name for herself with her social work in Medak region and also among women.

Laxman said the appointed a woman, who is married into a Telugu family, as the country's Defence Minister (Nirmala Sitharaman) and made another woman as the (Sumitra Mahajan).

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

Her 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 (SHG) under a low-interest scheme, Laxman said his party, if elected to power, would undertake a loan waiver for SHGs.

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

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 23:00 IST