Hyderabad: Apparently disappointed with not finding a place in the new Cabinet, TRS legislator from Bodhan Shakeel on Thursday met with BJP MP from Nizamabad Dharmapuri Arvind and discussed with him on his switching over to saffron party.
Shakeel sent feelers in this regard to the Nizamabad MP. Though he said it was a routine meeting with the BJP MP, it was being said the two-time MLA of the ruling party was expecting a berth in the new cabinet. When his dreams shattered with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao denying him berth in the new cabinet, the disappointed MLA has met with Arvind and conferred with him on the scope of joining the BJP. Meanwhile, the BJP leadership was claiming that many TRS leaders were in touch with them.
Speaking to media persons later, Shakeel Ahmed said he was not able to stay in the ruling party under the present circumstances and was ready to quit the party and join the BJP. Stating that he could win in the Assembly election due to the mercy of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, but some people around the party supremo were misleading him and harming the prospects of true loyalists.
It may be mentioned here that senior leaders like Etala Rajender, Nayini Narasimha Reddy, Jogu Ramanna, T Rajaiah and others created furore by talking against the party high command. However, they reportedly relented with TRS working president and IT Minister cajoled them to soften their stand and offered some key posts in the near future.
Now Bodhan MLA Shakeel went a step ahead and called on Nizamabad MP D. Arvind and felicitated him on his election. This has shocked the pink party cadre.