Hyderabad: In a major embarassment to senior leader of the Congress party and Election Manifesto committee chairman Damodar Raja Narasimha, his wife and senior party leader C Padmini Reddy joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here today at the BJP State office in Nampally.

In the presence of BJP State Chief Dr K Laxman and BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao, Padmini joined the party officially after quitting the Congress.

Although an official word on her decision is yet to be given, it is learnt that Padmini Reddy was expecting a Congress ticket from Sangareddy, which was offered to former MLA Jagga Reddy. This comes as a boost to the BJP in the State after Damodar Raja Narasimha's political rival in his home constituency Andole Babu Mohan recently joined the BJP from the TRS.

Speaking on the occasion of her joining the party, Muralidhar Rao commended Padmini Reddy's efforts for the restoration of temples. "We are happy to welcome Padmini Reddy into the party. In the upcoming days, the party will be benefited by her contributions. She was inspired by the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. No decisions were made regarding the offer of party ticket to her," he added.

Saying that there was nothing wrong in spouses working for two different parties, Dr Laxman promised to waive women's loans if the BJP is voted to power in the upcoming elections.

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