In yet another blow to the Congress in Telangana, its senior leader Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy on Sunday resigned from the party. A former member of Telangana Legislative Council, Sudhakar Reddy joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

P Sudhakara Reddy said that I have seen a strong leader in PM Modi. I have decided to join the party (BJP). State President has already welcomed me, I am also trying to meet the National President. I hope the PM gets a second tenure. He further went on to say I had been with Congress for the last 40 years and faced humiliation at times. Yet I worked for the party. We lost badly in Telangana in last elections due to the failure of local leadership. LS elections are being contested under the same leaders.

A few days ago, former minister D.K. Aruna switched loyalty to the BJP. She is contesting as the BJP candidate from the Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha seat.

In the Assembly elections held in December 2018, the Congress had bagged 19 seats in the 119-member Assembly.