The ruling BRS party in Hyderabad received a setback before the Assembly elections when Malkajgiri MLA Mynampally Hanumantha Rao announced his decision to quit the party. He made this announcement through a video. It is reported that Rao has held discussions with senior Congress leaders and has demanded two tickets for himself and his son to contest in the upcoming elections. He is confident that the Congress will respond positively to his request and plans to join the party with a big rally in the presence of senior Congress leaders.
Rao had expressed his discontent with the BRS leadership for not giving a party ticket to his son to contest from Medak. He also criticized Health Minister T Harish Rao for not accepting his request for a ticket for his son. Interestingly, despite Rao’s criticism of the party, Chief Minister KCR announced him as the party candidate. The BRS has not taken any action against the MLA so far. When questioned about this during a press conference, KCR stated that those who are not satisfied with the party’s decisions are free to leave.
Mynampally Hanumantha Rao was previously a TDP leader and was elected as an MLA from Ramayampet in 2008 and Medak in 2009. He joined the BRS before the 2018 elections and was elected as an MLA from Malkajgiri.