Hyderabad : In a Big Jolt to Congress ahead of the December 1 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, party leader and former city Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy on Wednesday officially joined the BJP .
Karthika Reddy, who served as Mayor before the formation of Telangana, joined BJP in the presence of the party’s National General Secretary Bhupender Yadav. Her husband Chandra Reddy also joined the saffron party. Welcoming Karthika Reddy and others into the party fold Ahead of GHMC Election, Yadav said BJP would like to provide a corruption-free administration in the GHMC and later in Telangana.
Karthika was the mayor post for two years (of fiveyear term) between December 2009 and December 2011 as part of an alliance between Congress and AIMIM. She was also vice-chairman of all-India mayors’ council. She is reportedly unhappy with the Congress leadership for the last two years after she was denied a ticket to contest the 2018 assembly elections from Secunderabad constituency.
The first woman mayor after formation of Greater Hyderabad had even criticised the party for fielding Kasani Gnaneshwar, who is not Related to Secunderabad, in the 2018 assembly elections. Her Husband Chandra Reddy had worked in NSUI and BJP leaders feel the couple’s joining will boost the party’s Morale in Secunderabad assembly constituency.