Former TRS MP Narendra joins CongressMarch 27th, 2009 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, March 27 (IANS) The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (Narendra), led by MP and former central minister A. Narendra, Friday merged with the ruling Congress party.
Narendra, who was elected on a TRS ticket from Medak Lok Sabha constituency in the 2004 elections and also served as minister in the UPA government, joined the Congress party in the presence of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy here. His supporters also joined the ruling party.
Narendra was expelled from the TRS in 2007 following allegations of his involvement in human trafficking case. He was allegedly sending people abroad using his passport and those of his family members.
Narendra, who was deputy to TRS president K. Chandrasekhara Rao in the party, later floated TRS (Narendra). He also voted in favour of the Congress-led UPA in the crucial trust vote in parliament last year.
However, he failed to get Congress ticket for the Medak Lok Sabha seat. Sources close to him said he joined the Congress party after getting an assurance that he would be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
Narendra, known for his close association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), was earlier with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was also elected to the Lok Sabha.
He quit the BJP in 2000 to float Telangana Sadhana Samiti (TSS) to struggle for a separate statehood to the Telangana region. He later merged the TSS with the TRS after Chandrasekhara Rao launched the party to fight for the same cause.
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