Here's some shock for Panchayatraj minister and KCR confidant Errabelli Dayakar Rao. His brother and close camp follower Errabelli Pradeep Rao is planning to join the BJP. If sources are to be believed, he has already held parleys with the BJP leadership and may jump into the BJP bandwagon anytime soon.
This is sure to become a headache for the minister. It will hit his standing in the party and his loyalty to the TRS would now be suspect. This might also alter the political equations in Warangal district, where the minister has high stakes. Rao has been a pillar of support for Dayakar Rao and is the president of the State National Egg Coordination Committee, an influential body of poultry farmers.
Sources say Pradeep Rao is veering towards the BJP due to his deep differences with the MLAs from Warangal rural and Warangal urban. In 2018 elections, Rao wanted to contest from one of the constituencies, but was denied a ticket. Since then, differences are simmering among the elected MLAs and Rao.
However, the BJP too might find Rao's demand for Warangal MLA ticket difficult to meet. It already has candidates for the post. However, Pradeep Rao has great political value as he is the brother of a key TRS minister. So, the BJP might agree to his demands and facilitate his joining into the party. His joining would be a boost to the BJP in Warangal, which will soon see municipal corporation elections.