Former Union minister and Telugu Desam Party founder N T Rama Rao's daughter Daggubati Purandeswari joined Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday after quitting Congress.
Purandeswari, who joined the party in the presence of former BJP chief M Venkaiah Naidu at his residence, said she wanted to contest from the Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha seat.
"Former Union minister D Purandeswari joined the BJP today. I welcome her into the party fold," BJP President Rajnath Singh said after she met him at his residence.
Former JD(U) leader and MP from Aurangabad Sushil Kumar also joined BJP in presence of Singh.
Earlier in the day, Purandeswari met senior BJP leader L K Advani at his residence besides Singh and Leaders of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.
She said she decided to quit Congress as she was left with no option after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
"The party (Congress) took the decision to bifurcate the state and all abided by it because it was the decision taken by the party. But unfortunately, the manner in which the bifurcation has taken place has hurt me," she told a press conference here.
Sharing dais with Naidu, she claimed that circumstances had forced her to take the decision to quit Congress.
Purandeshwari, who was the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, resigned from Congress after the Telangana Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha last month.
"I have come here to share my decision. I have spoken to all. I am not exerting pressure on anybody to be with me and come with me. I have left it to them. The situation is such that we have to take a painful decision," she had said earlier.