New Delhi: After eight Congress MLAs in Telangana defected to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Tuesday, Telangana Congress’ former minister D K Aruna joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party chief Amit Shah, National General Secretary Ram Madhav, Union minister JP Nadda and others in the national capital.

On joining BJP, Aruna said, “There is no hope for the Congress party in Telangana and in order to fulfil the aspirations of my people I joined the BJP.” She was also confident that the BJP will come back to power and Narendra Modi will enjoy a second term as the Prime Minister.

Aruna is expected to contest from Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha constituency against Vamshi Chand Reddy of the Congress.

Aruna is a three-time MLA from Gadwal. She was a minister during Y S Rajasekhar Reddy’s term and went on to hold portfolios of Small Scale industries, Sugar, Khadi and Village Industries later. Daughter of former Congress MLA Chittem Narsi Reddy, she contested in the 2004 assembly elections on a Samajwadi Party ticket and won with a huge majority. In 2009, she joined the Congress.

Congress in Telangana had said last Saturday that it had plans to meet Governor Narasimhan over the ruling TRS allegedly encouraging defections of its MLAs. It had said that it would also protest regarding the same.

As per reports, former Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily was scheduled to visit the city to keep a check on the situation, said Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader M Bhatti Vikrarmarka. Vikrarmarka added that they would meet leaders of various political parties in the country and discuss the issue. Congress would also meet the President over the issue, he had said.