HYDERABAD: Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Bhaskar Rao on Saturday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Rao, who was not active in politics for a long time, was formally welcomed into the party by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah at a meeting organized to launch the party’s membership drive in Andhra Pradesh.
Sri Nadendla Bhaskar Rao, former Chief Minister, Sri Ramamuni Reddy, former Minister, Sri M.Satya Prasad, TRS Deputy Mayor of Ramagundam Municipal Corporation, and others joined @BJP4India in the presence of BJP National President Sri @AmitShah ji in Hyderabad.#DrKLaxman pic.twitter.com/YZvYcDgpZ4
— Dr K Laxman (@drlaxmanbjp) July 6, 2019
N Bhaskar Rao had been the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh for a month in 1984. He had been a cabinet minister in Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder NT Rama Rao’s cabinet and had successfully led the coup when the latter had gone to the US for heart surgery.
Bhaskar Rao later joined the Congress but was not active in politics for a long time.
Along with Bhaskar Rao, former minister Peddi Reddy, former MPs Rammohan Reddy and Suresh Reddy, former MLA Sashidhar Reddy, film producer Bellamkonda Ramesh, retired IAS official Chandravadan and others joined the BJP.
Amit Shah, during his speech, dismissed criticism for admitting leaders from other parties into the BJP. He said that all parties had good people and all good people were coming together under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.