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Veteran Actor M. Vijayashanthi Resigns from BJP in Election

In a significant setback for the BJP just two weeks before the Telangana Assembly elections, veteran actor and National Executive member M. Vijayashanthi resigned from the party. Although she had not been actively participating in party activities for several months, her departure is another blow to the BJP’s prospects in the state.

Vijayashanthi, known as the ‘Lady Amitabh’ for her action roles in Telugu films, is expected to join the Congress on Friday in the presence of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. This marks the fourth key leader to quit the BJP in less than a month. Vijayashanthi had returned to the BJP in December 2020 after a 15-year hiatus. Her resignation follows those of former MPs Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy and G. Vivekanand, who joined the Congress.